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 Posted: Sun May 1st, 2016 12:45 pm
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Matt Cain is still chasing that elusive win.

It's been nearly 10 months since the right-hander picked up a victory (July 22, 2015 against the San Diego Padres), and after dropping Saturday's contest to the New York Mets, the San Francisco Giants starter now sits at 12 straight starts without a win.

"It's definitely frustrating," Cain said, according to Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News. "The stuff is there, and now it's making the pitches at the right times."

Cain threw 108 pitches in the 6-5 loss to the Mets, marking his highest pitch count since April 12, 2014, when he threw 116 versus the Colorado Rockies. With Saturday's loss, Cain slipped to 0-3 to begin the season while his ERA ballooned to a lofty 7.00.

Skipper Bruce Bochy senses the recent results are weighing heavily on Cain's mind.

"Sure, it'd be good for his psyche to get a win," he said. "I guess it's good to handle things the way he's handling it. You keep pushing and do your best and not let it beat you up too much. But no question, a win would help.

"He keeps things inside. I'm sure it's bothering him more than he's letting on."

In the past couple of years, Cain has battled elbow and arm injuries that may explain his recent struggles. From 2014-2015, he amassed a 4.83 ERA in a limited 26 starts over two seasons.

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After one month of play, parity rules in the National League West.

The first-place San Francisco Giants' 6-5 loss to the New York Mets on Saturday ensured that every NL West team would finish April with a losing record.

This is certainly not what the Giants or Arizona Diamondbacks had in mind after a winter of lavish spending, while the Dodgers - hanging on to a first-place tie despite losing their sixth game in a row Saturday - certainly can't be thrilled after their hot first two weeks.

The two presumed also-rans remain competitive as well. Thanks mostly to rookie sensation Trevor Story, the Colorado Rockies sit only percentage points back of the Dodgers and Giants, while the San Diego Padres are somehow 2.5 games out.

The five teams are also beating up on each other. Every NL West team has at least one win over each of their division rivals this year, save for the Giants, who've yet to beat Arizona.

While much can change over the next five months, the early results out of a division pegged by many to feature at least three playoff contenders has left many observers scratching their heads.

At least Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is keeping it all in perspective, though.

Adrian Gonzalez wrote this on the Dodgers clubhouse white board the second they walked in from tonight's loss pic.twitter.com/C62ziJ2pAm

— #WaltonYourFriend (@RyanWaltonSBN) May 1, 2016

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Bryce Harper, the Washington Nationals phenom who smashed nine homers in his first 18 games this year, was named National League Player of the Month for April on Monday. Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado earned the honor in the American League, following a strong start to his 2016 campaign.

Fresh off being named the youngest unanimous MVP in baseball history, Harper posted a 1.064 OPS with nine homers, six doubles, 17 walks, and an MLB-best 1.68 win probability added through the first month of the 2016 season, managing the fifth-most WAR in the NL despite finishing April with a 1-for-13 (.077) skid. Machado, who also hasn't turned 24 yet, sits atop the AL with 1.8 WAR following an absurd first month in which he posted a .344/.394/.667 line with a league-best 35 hits, including seven homers and 10 doubles.

Harper and Machado weren't the only players recognized Monday, though. Detroit Tigers right-hander Jordan Zimmermann received the AL Pitcher of the Month award after going 5-0 with a 0.55 ERA and 1.06 WHIP through his first five starts, while Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta landed the honor for the NL after managing the same record with a 1.00 ERA in his five starts, including his second career-no hitter.

Meanwhile, despite spending the first week of the season in Triple-A, Nomar Mazara of the Texas Rangers was named AL Rookie of the Month after hitting .333/.392/.460 with two homers and two doubles through the first 17 games of his career. Trevor Story, the Colorado Rockies' 23-year-old shortstop, landed the NL award with an absurd first month in which he tied Jose Abreu's rookie record by smashing 10 homers in April.

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The banged up Baltimore Orioles were dealt another blow Monday afternoon when a CT scan revealed a hairline fracture in shortstop J.J. Hardy's left foot. The injury will sideline him for six-to-eight weeks, according to MASN's Roch Kubatko.

Hardy fouled a ball off his left foot Sunday, which forced him to leave early from Baltimore's 7-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox. Although initial X-rays were negative, Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore Sun reported that team officials were still very concerned about the 33-year-old. Their fears were confirmed Monday, and the club is now expected to recall infielder Ryan Flaherty to take Hardy's spot on the active roster, notes Kubatko.

Hardy, a two-time All-Star with three Gold Glove awards, enjoyed a solid start to the 2016 campaign, managing an .809 OPS with two homers and five doubles through his first 14 games, but hit just .179/.258/.250 in his last 31 plate appearances before hurting his foot.

In his absence, the Orioles could move third baseman Manny Machado - the newly crowned AL Player of the Month - over to shortstop, the position he played throughout his minor-league career.

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The Freak can still attract a lot of eyeballs.

Free-agent right-hander Tim Lincecum is set to showcase himself to around 20 teams at Scottsdale Stadium in Arizona on Friday, reports MLB Network's Jon Heyman.

Lincecum's showcase is so popular that ESPN is reportedly hoping to televise it.

Heyman lists Lincecum's former club, the San Francisco Giants, as one of the teams interested in his services.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland Athletics, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, Miami Marlins, Texas Rangers, and Houston Astros are all expected to attend as well, according to Heyman.

The two-time Cy Young winner is seeking a starting job after recovering from hip surgery and recently had his fastball consistently sitting in the 90-91 mph range.

With a glut of teams dealing with injuries to starting pitchers, the 31-year-old likely has a good chance to earn a job if he can prove he's healthy enough to replicate his performance from years prior.

Lincecum made 15 starts for the Giants last season, posting a 4.13 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 76 1/3 innings of work.

Over nine years in the bigs, the four-time All-Star owns a record of 108-83 with a 3.61 ERA while striking out 9.3 hitters per nine innings.

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Few bullpens in the last century have been as bad as the Toronto Blue Jays to start a season.

The Blue Jays relief core is 0-9 so far in 2016, becoming the fifth bullpen in the last 100 years to start at that mark, according to MLB Network's Jon Morosi. None of those team made the playoffs.

Of course, a lot of this falls on the shoulders of Brett Cecil, who is 0-5. But aside from a couple of arms, there's a large divide between the top relief pitchers on the team, and the worst ones.

Collectively, only Chicago Cubs relievers have pitched more innings than Blue Jays' staffers. But opponents are hitting .182 off Chicago's bullpen, good for second in the bigs.

Alternately, they're batting .266 off Toronto's relief arms, which stands for 27th in the majors.

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How stupid can you get ? No insurance ??????



The Boston Red Sox announced Monday that third baseman Pablo Sandoval would undergo potentially season-ending surgery on his ailing left shoulder.

However, the Red Sox won't be able to recoup any of the money owed on his five-year, $90-million contract because the deal's not insured, a source told FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

If an MLB team insures a player's contract, it can recoup money on the deal if the player is injured long term.

One of the most well-known cases of a club taking out insurance on a slugger - and eventually benefiting - was the Baltimore Orioles' five-year, $65-million contract with Albert Belle, signed in December 1998.

Belle's career ended two seasons later because of a degenerative hip condition, but the Orioles recovered more than $27 million of the $39 million remaining on his contract because of their insurance policy.

If Sandoval is indeed lost for the entire season, Boston will pay him $17.6 million for three games, six at-bats, zero hits, and four strikeouts.

Since coming to the Red Sox, Sandoval has hit .242/.290/.361 with 10 home runs and 47 RBIs. The 29-year-old also made $17.6 million last season.

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Chicago Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward is set for a short spell on the sidelines after finally admitting to soreness in his right wrist.

Heyward first experienced pain in his wrist during the first week of the 2016 season, but didn't tell the Cubs' coaching staff until after Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves.

"He finally said something, so we're trying to react to it right now," manager Joe Maddon said Monday, according to Gordon Wittenmeyer of the Chicago Sun Times. "I don't think it's a long-term kind of thing by any means."

The 26-year-old right fielder has had a slow start to the season, batting .211/.317/.256 through 23 games, well below his 2015 slash line of .293/.359/.439. Cubs president Theo Epstein feels the wrist ailment could have been playing a part in Heyward's lower numbers.

"He's the last person who would ever make an excuse," Epstein said. "But he got off to a slow start last year, too, a real slow start. And when it clicked, he was off and running. I think that's what we'll see with him."

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For nearly two years, Dallas Keuchel looked unhittable at Minute Maid Park.

That is, until the Minnesota Twins came to town.

The 2015 AL Cy Young winner's franchise record of 17 straight home wins was snapped by the Twins in Monday's 6-2 loss after the left-hander surrendered five earned runs over 4 1/3 innings. The last time Keuchel lost in Houston was Aug. 10, 2014.

"Tonight we staked a 1-0 lead and I gotta be able to produce, and I didn't. That's all on me," Keuchel told reporters after the game.

Keuchel hasn't been his award-winning self in 2016, pitching to a 2-4 record with a hefty 5.11 ERA in six starts. It's a far cry from his start in 2015, when Keuchel breezed through his first six games, going 3-0 to the tune of an 0.80 ERA.

The Astros now sit tied with the Twins for the worst record in the American League at 8-18.

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New York Mets right-hander Bartolo Colon followed his buzzed about foul ball Monday with a milestone 19 years in the making.

Colon, a three-time All-Star and the 2005 American League Cy Young winner, further bolstered his resume after hurling eight scoreless innings against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field to earn win No. 220. The victory breaks a tie with Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez for the second-most wins among Dominican-born pitchers. It was Colon's third attempt at the milestone win.

"Of course I'm very excited," Colon told reporters through a Mets translator, according to ESPN's Adam Rubin. "I'm really happy about it and it's pretty neat to pass Pedro, but he's always going to be one of the big ones for us regardless."

When Bartolo tied Pedro for career wins, Martinez reached out to him via friends on Twitter. "Obviously, I don't have Twitter," Colon said.

— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) May 3, 2016
Juan Marichal, a dominant right-hander for the Giants in the 1960s, tops the Dominican wins list with 243 victories over 16 seasons.



RK    PITCHER        WINS
1    Juan Marichal     243
2    Bartolo Colon     220
3    Pedro Martinez   219
4    Ramon Martinez 135
5    Pedro Astacio     129


Colon, who earlier in the game ripped an extremely hard foul ball, is a two-time 20-game winner and owns a career mark of 219-155.

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Yadier Molina took a unique, health-conscious approach to being brushed back on Monday.
After Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Brett Oberholtzer lost control of a 89-mph fastball, nearly hitting Molina in his lower half, the veteran catcher fell to the ground and got in a quick workout, inciting quite the reaction from the crowd.
The extra reps must have helped: Molina hit a single on the very next pitch.








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Reigning National League MVP Bryce Harper is passionate about winning, and on Monday he used some strong words to describe how he approaches every game.

"I’ve always said if my organization likes me and the guys on the team like me, then that’s all I care (about)," Harper told 106.7 The Fan’s Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier. "I think going onto a field every single day, I want to kick your teeth in. I want to beat you by 100 runs and do everything we can to win every single game we play. You might like me after we get out of the field, but in between the lines, you’re probably going to hate me. And that’s fine. I don’t care."

Since the beginning of the season, the Washington Nationals outspoken 23-year-old outfielder has been an advocate for making baseball fun again, while getting away from the old school way of playing the game. And although he's happy to promote a new way of life in baseball, his main focus is still on winning.

"Everything I do in between the lines is to win ball games," he explained. "I try to respect my opponents as much as I can and do everything I can, but at the end of the day, I just want to win. I just want to do everything I can to win for this organization, put my heart and soul into every single game, every single pitch and hopefully at the end of the day we can win and do things we need to do to get to that next level."

Harper's ferocious approach seems to be working, as he's hitting .271/.385/.659 with nine home runs and 24 RBIs for the NL East-leading Nationals.

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lobo316 wrote: How stupid can you get ? No insurance ??????



The Boston Red Sox announced Monday that third baseman Pablo Sandoval would undergo potentially season-ending surgery on his ailing left shoulder.

However, the Red Sox won't be able to recoup any of the money owed on his five-year, $90-million contract because the deal's not insured, a source told FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

If an MLB team insures a player's contract, it can recoup money on the deal if the player is injured long term.

One of the most well-known cases of a club taking out insurance on a slugger - and eventually benefiting - was the Baltimore Orioles' five-year, $65-million contract with Albert Belle, signed in December 1998.

Belle's career ended two seasons later because of a degenerative hip condition, but the Orioles recovered more than $27 million of the $39 million remaining on his contract because of their insurance policy.

If Sandoval is indeed lost for the entire season, Boston will pay him $17.6 million for three games, six at-bats, zero hits, and four strikeouts.

Since coming to the Red Sox, Sandoval has hit .242/.290/.361 with 10 home runs and 47 RBIs. The 29-year-old also made $17.6 million last season.

Boston fans are clamoring for the team to try to make a case that his weight caused the injury to try to void his contract, but that's not going to happen. It's fun to be on the other side of a disastrous contract sometimes.   



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White Sox will be DFAing John Danks.


from espn.go.com:


John Danks is 0-4 with a 7.25 ERA through four starts this season.


Sitting on top of the American League, the Chicago White Sox are going to try a new plan for one of their biggest problems.

Left-hander John Danks is out after a 10-year run in Chicago, and Erik Johnson will be promoted on Thursday to start against the Boston Red Sox. Looking to build on their surprising 18-8 start, the White Sox decided they had to cut Danks and search for a more reliable option at the back end of their rotation.

"This is about putting us in the best position to win ballgames going forward," general manager Rick Hahn said. "We feel we have a pretty special thing going on in this clubhouse right now."

Danks broke into the majors with Chicago in 2007 and pitched in some big games for the White Sox, including eight innings of two-hit ball in a 1-0 victory over Minnesota that lifted his team to the 2008 AL Central title. But he hasn't been the same since he had shoulder surgery in 2012.

The 31-year-old Danks went 7-15 with a 4.71 ERA in 30 starts last season, and then was hit hard while dropping his first four outings this year. Hahn said he talked to Danks about some different options, but neither side felt good about the bullpen and the veteran decided he didn't want to go to the minors.

"It's never easy to make a move like this when you have as much respect for the player involved as we all do for Johnny," Hahn said before Tuesday night's game against Boston.

"He's been a tremendous teammate for everyone in that locker room this year and throughout his entire White Sox career, and obviously an extremely hard worker who battled back from a very difficult injury to rehab from."

It's also a costly move for owner Jerry Reinsdorf, who was involved in the decision, according to Hahn.

The White Sox are responsible for the remaining portion of Danks' $14.25 million salary this year, a little more than $11.7 million when he is designated for assignment on Thursday. If Danks signs a major league contract with another club, the amount owed by the White Sox would be reduced by a prorated share of $507,500 minimum.

While Danks struggled on the field, he was highly regarded among his teammates, serving as a mentor to fellow left-handers Chris Sale and Carlos Rodon, two of Chicago's top starters. Danks went 79-104 with a 4.38 ERA in 247 games with the White Sox, recording double-digit wins in four different seasons.

"Obviously, he wasn't doing too well but if you walked into this clubhouse you could never tell," Rodon said. "Just a great influence on everyone in this clubhouse and a great clubhouse guy. Sad to see him leave."

Johnson, 26, gets the first chance to replace Danks in the rotation. The 6-foot-3 right-hander went 3-1 with a 3.34 ERA in six starts with the White Sox last year. He was promoted for a couple days last month and then returned to the minors without appearing in a game.

But Hahn described the fifth slot in the rotation as a fluid situation. He mentioned Miguel Gonzalez and Jacob Turner as two other options, and sounded as if the team would monitor Tim Lincecum's showcase in Arizona on Friday.

"Will we have someone there? We got scouts everywhere," Hahn said.



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srossi wrote: lobo316 wrote: How stupid can you get ? No insurance ??????



The Boston Red Sox announced Monday that third baseman Pablo Sandoval would undergo potentially season-ending surgery on his ailing left shoulder.

However, the Red Sox won't be able to recoup any of the money owed on his five-year, $90-million contract because the deal's not insured, a source told FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

If an MLB team insures a player's contract, it can recoup money on the deal if the player is injured long term.

One of the most well-known cases of a club taking out insurance on a slugger - and eventually benefiting - was the Baltimore Orioles' five-year, $65-million contract with Albert Belle, signed in December 1998.

Belle's career ended two seasons later because of a degenerative hip condition, but the Orioles recovered more than $27 million of the $39 million remaining on his contract because of their insurance policy.

If Sandoval is indeed lost for the entire season, Boston will pay him $17.6 million for three games, six at-bats, zero hits, and four strikeouts.

Since coming to the Red Sox, Sandoval has hit .242/.290/.361 with 10 home runs and 47 RBIs. The 29-year-old also made $17.6 million last season.

Boston fans are clamoring for the team to try to make a case that his weight caused the injury to try to void his contract, but that's not going to happen. It's fun to be on the other side of a disastrous contract sometimes.   
Imagine how fat he is gonna be doing nothing but eating for the entire season.



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