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 Posted: Wed May 11th, 2016 03:42 am
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PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with Michael Bourn and assigned him to Double-A Mobile.

The 33-year-old outfielder, a two-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove winner, was released by the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.

Bourn has a .266 batting average and 326 stolen bases over parts of 10 major league seasons with Philadelphia, Houston, Atlanta and Cleveland.

He was designated for assignment by the Braves on April 2 and signed a minor league contract with Toronto. In nine games with Single-A Dunedin this season, Bourn hit .257 with two doubles, a triple and four RBIs.

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Joe Girardi is the dumbest manager in MLB as proven the past two series of continually pitching to guys that hurt the team.  In contrast to Joe Maddon, he's basically retarded.

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The Chicago Cubs haven't been this hot in more than a century.

With an 8-7 victory over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday - fueled by a 4-for-4 night from Ben Zobrist and a pair of extra-base hits from Addison Russell - the Cubs, at 25-6, matched the 1907 club for the best start in franchise history.

In addition to tying the franchise's high-water mark from 109 years ago - that club, by the way, went on to win the World Series - the Cubs are also off to the best start of any team since 1984, and are one of only eight clubs in the last 100 seasons to win at least 25 of their first 31 contests.

"You can't stay this hot all year long," Zobrist told MLB.com after helping his club extend their winning to streak to eight games. "It's such a long season, and we know we're going to have down points. It's the ability to pick each other up, and this team, so far, you've got contributions from everybody, all around the clubhouse, up and down the lineup, every pitcher, every reliever, everybody's contributing in some way. I think the confidence as a team is just super high because of that."

Still, though his club boasts an MLB-best plus-101 run differential and an 8 1/2-game lead atop the National League Central, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein won't let the accolades pouring in at the moment stop him from being proactive about issues destined to arise later in the season.

"We almost throw out everything that has happened so far," Epstein told Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune. "We are on such a roll that we probably spend more time looking ahead to the inevitable challenging periods when we're short-handed and strapped, and things aren't breaking our way. (We're) trying to get ahead and figure out how we're going to deal with that adversity.''

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Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons delivered a colorful response Tuesday when asked about slumping shortstop Troy Tulowitzki's big night.

Tulowitzki, who entered the game with the majors' third-worst batting average among qualified hitters, notched a pair of extra-base hits - including his sixth homer of the season - and drove in three runs to help the Blue Jays blank the Giants 4-0.

Apparently, the effort was enough for Gibbons to tell Tulowitzki's critics what to do. Or something like that.

"For all the Tulo haters out there, suck on that one tonight," Gibbons said, according to reporters. "I tip my hat to him because he's been taking a lot of heat, he's been working hard, and you know what? He's a damn good player."

Tulowitzki's 2-for-3 night improved his OPS by 51 points and marked just the second time since April 23 that he's registered an extra-base hit. Despite his low percentages, Tulowitzki's six homers already exceeds the five he hit with Toronto last year in eight fewer games.

For Gibbons, it's not the first time the skipper provided reporters with headline fodder. Last month, Gibbons came under fire for a controversial "dresses" comment after the Blue Jays lost because of MLB's new slide rules.

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Aroldis Chapman is quickly becoming a New York Yankees legend. Emphasis on quick.

On Tuesday, some 24 hours after making his Bronx debut, Chapman electrified Yankee Stadium by lighting up the radar gun in his first save opportunity in pinstripes.

The four-time All-Star entered the game in the ninth with the Yankees holding a 10-7 lead over the Royals, and promptly broke Cheslor Cuthbert's bat on a 102-mph fastball, struck out Christian Colon, and retired Lorenzo Cain two batters later for his first save as a Yankee.

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Stephen Strasburg will make the most money in baseball history during the 2023 season - even if he doesn't recoup it all that year.

Under reported terms of his record-breaking $175-million extension, the Washington Nationals right-hander is set to earn $45 million in 2023 - his age-34 season - but will only receive $15 million that year because of deferred payments, sources tell Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan. The deal also reportedly includes a limited no-trade clause, beginning next season.

Strasburg's seven-year contract contains $70 million in deferrals - including $30 million for that 2023 season - which lowers the present-day value of the deal by around $15 million, according to Passan. Either way, the extension is the largest contract ever awarded to a pitcher who's undergone Tommy John surgery.

An All-Star in 2012, Strasburg has long tantalized fans and evaluators alike with his electric arsenal of pitches and high-speed velocity. His health, however, has limited him to just one 200-inning season during his seven-year career.

Strasburg, who turns 28 this summer, was set to become a free agent at the end of the season.

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lobo316 wrote: Aroldis Chapman is quickly becoming a New York Yankees legend. Emphasis on quick.

On Tuesday, some 24 hours after making his Bronx debut, Chapman electrified Yankee Stadium by lighting up the radar gun in his first save opportunity in pinstripes.

The four-time All-Star entered the game in the ninth with the Yankees holding a 10-7 lead over the Royals, and promptly broke Cheslor Cuthbert's bat on a 102-mph fastball, struck out Christian Colon, and retired Lorenzo Cain two batters later for his first save as a Yankee.

I don't know if that makes him a legend.  In his first game he gave up 1 run in 1 inning for a 9.00 ERA.  He's now given up 1 run in 2 innings so I guess his ERA is down to 4.50.  Let's relax.



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The Red Sox hitters sure did enjoy Oakland pitching the last 3 days as they scored 40 runs and swept the 3 game series. 



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Joe Ross and the Washington Nationals weren't fully on board with Anthony Rendon's smooth play to force James McCann at second base and end their team's 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers.

Just a little piece inside of them wanted Max Scherzer to get an extra shot at his 21st strikeout, which would have set a new major league record.

"We were just joking, he gets to one strike on the last guy and then he gets a ground ball, maybe he (Rendon) just boots it on purpose or takes his time, throws and the guy's safe," Ross told Alex Putterman of MLB.com.

Scherzer, for his part, was quite enthralled by his performance, which tied the existing record for a nine-inning game held by Kerry Wood, Roger Clemens, and Randy Johnson.

"That's some serious company," he said. "It won't sink in right now, but it's an amazing accomplishment. I mean, the strikeouts are sexy. And to be able to punch out 20, it's sexy."


The 31-year-old did acknowledge he had a little extra pep in his arm facing the Tigers, where he pitched for five seasons before signing a mega-deal with the Nationals. Striking out his former teammates 20 times may have made the event all the more special.

"Tonight was an emotional game, facing a former team and all those guys I have so much respect for and how they play the game and how they compete," Scherzer said. "I really think the world how they go out there and play the game. And so to have a game like this against that caliber of hitters on their side, that really puts a feather in my cap because I really respect and really admire how they go about the game."

Nationals manager Dusty Baker, who's been around the game in some capacity since 1967, had only the highest of praise for his ace.
"That was the best performance I've seen in person," he said.

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Move over, Big Sexy.

Four days after Bartolo Colon shocked the world with his miraculous home run, his teammate Noah Syndergaard decided to get in on the long-ball fun himself. In the third inning of Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the man they call "Thor" wielded his mighty bat and powered Kenta Maeda's offering 407 feet into the Los Angeles night at Dodger Stadium for his second career homer.

Then, in the fifth inning with two men on, Syndergaard decided to take Maeda over the wall in left field. Just for variety, you know.

In the sixth inning he came to the plate again, this time with the bases loaded, looking for the first three-home run game by a pitcher since Jim Tobin in 1942. Syndergaard got his fastball right away from Chris Hatcher, and put a scare into everyone when he yanked it foul into the third deck.


Syndergaard is the 66th pitcher to have a multi-homer game, and the first to do so since Micah Owings in 2007. He's just the second Mets hurler to homer twice in a game, joining Walt Terrell in 1983.

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Brad Ausmus has a penchant for being on the wrong side of 20-strikeout games.

While catching for the Detroit Tigers on Sept. 18, 1996, Ausmus squared off against Boston Red Sox ace Roger Clemens at Tiger Stadium. Clemens struck out 20 Tigers that day, the second time he'd reached the mark in his career.

Two years later, Ausmus found himself behind the plate for the Houston Astros on May 6, 1998 at Wrigley Field. On the mound for the hometown Chicago Cubs that day was one Kerry Wood, who punched out 20 Astros in one of the most dominating performances of all time.

So the Tigers manager probably wasn't pleased to be on the losing end of a third 20-strikeout game Wednesday when Max Scherzer set down 20 of his players on strikeouts in the Washington Nationals' 3-2 win.

He was able to offer a unique perspective, however, comparing the three performances.

"It wasn't quite as dominant as Kerry Wood, and it was more dominant than Clemens," Ausmus told reporters of Scherzer's outing.


For the record, Ausmus fared better during Clemens' 20-K game, going 1-for-3 with a single while striking out just once. Against Wood, he was 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts.

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For the first time this season, the Chicago Cubs have suffered two straight losses. It marks the end of a remarkable stretch roughly 90 years in the making.

The juggernaut Cubs were swept by the San Diego Padres in Wednesday's doubleheader, snapping their streak of avoiding consecutive losses at 32 games. Their improbable start to the season is the deepest a team has gone without back-to-back losses since the 1929 Philadelphia Athletics skirted out to a 39-12 record before losing a second straight time in Game No. 52.

Fittingly, the A's went on to win the World Series that year in five games over the Cubs.

"This is not baseball reality," Theo Epstein, president of baseball operations, told CSN Chicago before Tuesday's win over the Padres. "Baseball reality is it's really hard to win a single major-league game. That's why we celebrate it so much."

Wednesday's slump notwithstanding, the heavy favorite Cubs have lived up to their dominant offseason by outscoring the opposition by 99 runs through 33 games, and jumping out to a seven-game lead over the second-place Pirates.

Epstein, citing "baseball karma," said the club wasn't taking the hot start for granted, even after winning 12 of 13 games before Wednesday's twin bill.

"We know we’re in a stretch right now where winning seems far easier than it actually is," Epstein said. "We know there's going to be a stretch - probably a long stretch this year - where winning even one game seems virtually impossible. That's just the nature of baseball. We're not blinded by it."

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SAN FRANCISCO - Given a choice, Marcus Stroman would have preferred to stay in school instead of signing a professional baseball contract following his junior year at Duke University in 2012.

''When I went to Duke University, I chose to graduate from there,'' Stroman said. ''You don't choose a place like Duke to leave early. I was honestly upset when I had to leave. Obviously I couldn't turn down what was being offered, but I was upset because I didn't finish my degree.''

Following the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4, 13-inning loss to the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, Stroman left the team to join a graduation ceremony at Duke this weekend, where he will receive his degree in sociology.

He earned the diploma while rehabbing a torn ACL that limited his 2015 season to a handful of games in September.

''I never thought I'd be thankful for tearing my ACL, but I am because I grew so much as an individual.'' Stroman said. ''I was able to get my degree and I got stronger mentally and physically through it all.''

Stroman delivered another solid outing against the Giants. He gave up four runs -- two earned -- on eight hits in his six innings. Stroman walked two and struck out five.

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Major League Baseball has signed off on "Pitch."

The forthcoming FOX drama about the first woman to make it to baseball's highest level, which was recently picked up as a series beyond the pilot episode, has received a full blessing from MLB.

"Their big ask was that we get the baseball right and make sure this feels real and authentic," series creator Dan Fogelman told Lesley Goldberg of the Hollywood Reporter. "That's been a big part of what we've been chasing - to live up to that."

To help with the realistic aspects of the game on the field, "Pitch" employs several ex-players as consultants on set, including former All-Star reliever Gregg Olson.

With the partnership and support of MLB, as well as FOX - the chief rights-holder for baseball broadcasts - the door is open for the series to try and utilize cameos from real teams and stars against the San Diego Padres, the team that employs Ginny, the series' protagonist.

"Nothing would make me happier than Ginny facing Mike Trout down the road in an episode," Fogelman said.

This year's All-Star Game, which is taking place in San Diego and being broadcast by FOX, also presents a unique chance to link the fictional series universe with the real world of Major League Baseball, according to Fogelman.

"Fox has the All-Star Game this season and it's taking place in San Diego so it's kind of kismet," he continued. "Obviously that feels like a great place to see a lot of people like that (for cameos) - if we're able to pull it off."

"Pitch" stars Kylie Bunbury as Ginny and Mark-Paul Gosselaar in the male lead role. A premiere date has not been announced.

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Last night's game with the Tigers and Nationals was fun- was emailing back and forth with my friend in DC and we were joking about all the strikeouts that "Schwarzenegger" (my friend called him that) had.

All season long I've been thanking him for letting the Tigers scoop up Zimmermann in the FA offseason- he's been our only bright spot in the rotation this year.

Scherzer was his usual electric self, but I just gotta wonder how much of that was his being pumped up to go against his former team??

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