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EndScore Report: Surveying September in MLB

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Editorial, MLB, Playoffs

Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder leading the way for the MIlwaukee BrewersIn this edition of EndScore Report, DV and Chris take a look around the MLB landscape to assess which divisions are in the bag and where the pennant and/or wild card races aren't. The Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Phillies probably don't have anything to worry about, but Texas Rangers and possibly the Milwaukee Brewers may. Both wild card races could get interesting between the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays, as well as the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals, respectively. GIVE IT A LISTEN!


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Jose Bautista and Mark Teixeira heating up in the home run race

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB

Jose BautistaThe home run race has been tight all season long, and right now, the Toronto Blue Jays' Jose Bautista clings to a one-homer lead over Mark Teixeira of the New York Yankees. Bautista is the reigning home run king, and he and Teixeira have a comfortable lead over the rest of the pack in baseball. Bautista has had trouble getting the ball out of the park lately, while Teixeira has been hitting them with ease, so it’s not unrealistic to think we may soon have a new leader soon. If Teixeira can hold the lead for longer than a day, he’ll be the first person to do that to Bautista in over a year.

 

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Scott Kazmir released by Los Angeles Angels

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB

Scott KazmirThe latest mistake of Los Angels Angels GM Tony Reagins finally blew up in his face as Los Angeles cut ties with doomed starting pitcher Scott Kazmir, released him and swallowing the remainder of the $14.5 million they owe him for the rest of the 2011 season. Kazmir was disabled with lower back tightness after one Major League start, but couldn’t find the strike zone in extended Spring Training in Arizona, which proved to be quite futile.

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EndScore Report: Reviewing the MLB Season Thus Far

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Editorial, Kudos, MLB

Evan Longoria and the Tampa Bay Rays are sitting atop the American League East for now.In this episode of EndScore Report, DV and Chris sweep across the MLB divisions for a quick recap of what's going down. It looks like the Tampa Bay Rays are gearing up to surprise the world again, despite losing some key players this past offseason. However, Evan Longoria is still there and healthy.  It's no surprise that World Series favorites, the Philadelphia Phillies are doing well, but it is surprising that the Florida Marlins aren't letting them run away with the NL East division. The biggest surprise has to be the Cleveland Indians leading the AL Central by a significant amount of games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have also been relatively surprising. However, it's still early and the cream always seem to rise to the top. Give a LISTEN to hear our thoughts on the Majors!

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Tampa Bay Rays recall Brandon Guyer to replace Upton or Niemann

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, Injuries, MLB

The ever-creative Tampa Bay Rays are preparing for the worst. Early on Friday they played right-handed starter Jeff Niemann on the disabled list, leaving a vacancy in the starting rotation, and to replace him, they’ve called up Brandon Guyer from Triple-A Durham. As an outfielder, Guyer won’t be making any starts on the mound. Instead, he’s there to provide insurance in case center fielder B.J. Upton winds up being suspended by the league for a tantrum he threw in Wednesday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

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AL East has all new feel

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB

Vernon WellsThe lesser teams of the American League East were busy on Friday night with the Tampa Bay Rays rumored to have signed and reunited former Red Sox teammates Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon, each signed to one-year deals; Ramirez’s worth $2 million and Damon for $5.25 million. Up in Toronto, the Blue Jays ended an era as they traded 12-year veteran center fielder Vernon Wells to the Angels in exchange for Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera.

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Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon to reunite with Tampa Bay Rays

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Athletes, MLB, News

Manny and Johnny in Tampa BayFormer Boston Red Sox teammates, Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon, could be reunited with the Tampa Bay Rays for the 2011 MLB season. They've been signed as free agents and are pending passing physicals before the deals are official. Since their run as part of the Red Sox World Series runs, both have moved on from Beantown, experiencing certain degrees of success, but can they help lead a young team in the Rays to any sort of success? The Rays lost key contributors during the offseason, such as Carl Crawford, Carlos Pena, and Rafael Soriano. Hopefully, a reunion between Manny and Johnny works some sort of magic.

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Rafael Soriano signs, will wear pinstripes

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB

Rafael SorianoWell, it’s not all bad for the Tampa Bay Rays, right? They lost Carl Crawford to their division rivals in Boston recently and will have to face him 18 times this season. Now Rafael Soriano, their startlingly effective closer in 2010, has jumped ships to another division rival – the New York Yankees. The good news at least is that the Rays won’t have to face him coming out of the bullpen 18 times, right? Right?

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Matt Garza officially traded to the Chicago Cubs

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Athletes, MLB, News, Trades

Matt Garza moving on to the Chicago CubsMatt Garza will be pitching in the Windy City when the 2011 MLB commences. Garza, one of the Tampa Bay Rays top pitchers was officially traded to the Chicago Cubs for multiple prospects. He helped the Rays reach the 2008 World Series where they lost to the Philadelphia Phillies and should help the Cubs contend in the NL Central in 2011 and beyond as Garza has three years left on his contract. He is only 27-years-old and in his prime years, which should be successful considering his past production. He joins former teammate Carlos Pena whom the Cubs signed during this offseason.


Cliff Lee signing helps shape AL East

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB

CC SabathiaWhat does Cliff Lee signing with a National League team mean for the American League East? A lot, actually. The New York Yankees didn’t land this year’s greatest free agent, and that changes the whole landscape for the 2011 season. No longer are they the juggernaut that would win the East title year after year; now they spend twice as much money as anybody else to simply contend for wild cards, if they even get those.

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