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Cole Hamels posted by Phillies Fan

Born December 27, 1983, Cole Hamels plays MLB for Philadelphia Phillies as their pitcher. Hamels started playing professional baseball in 2003, when he pitched for Lakewood BlueClaws, a Class-A team of the South Atlantic League. He pitched well, and he was promoted in the later part of the season to play with Clearwater Threshers, a Class-A Advanced team of the Florida State League. Hamels, also won Paul Owen Award that year, which is given to the best Phillies minor league pitcher. However, in 2004 and 2005, he suffered many injuries and made only a few appearances. In 2006, Hamels returned playing for Clearwater, and he was later promoted to play with Scranton Wilkes-Barre Red Barons, a triple-A team of International League.

Hamels made his MLB debut in May 2006, when he played for Philadelphia Phillies against Cincinnati Reds, where he struck out seven, allowed a single hit, walked five, and earned a no-decision against the Reds. In April 2007, Hamels pitched a complete game, which was his first in MLB. In the game, he allowed a single run in five hits, and set his career high record of 15 strikeouts. Due to his excellent performance, he was selected in NL All Star Team.

In 2008, Hamels complained of being underpaid by the Phillies; however, he continued to perform exceptionally well, with 3 wins, and 2.70 ERA in 43 1/3 innings. In May while playing against Atlanta Braves, he earned his complete game shutout. In 2014, Hamels was not ready for Opening Day as he had bicep tendonitis. However, in April, he pitched for a Class-A Advanced team of the minor league, where he struck out four and allowed two runs. In September, Hamels was back playing for the Phillies against Atlanta Braves, where he delivered 108 pitches in 6 innings.

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MLB Baseball: Can Philadelphia Phillies Make a Comeback? posted by Phillies Fan

MLB baseball is very popular with people who love online sports betting. This is partly because the game is of course loved by many in America. However, the main reason is the game allows for more options to people who want to place wagers on their favorite team. A wager can be placed on many different aspects of the game, such as pitching or the run line.

Baseball gets into more specifics when it comes to betting than other sports. This reduces the risk and allows for you to gain more from your calculated guesses. Talking of calculated guesses, another advantage of MLB betting and sports wagers in general, is that you can actually make some probable guesses if you take time to research on the team before placing your wager. This is what the pros do; they may have favourites but they do not have to bet on them. They retain a level of objectivity when determining the odds.

If you are planning to follow the MLB in 2013, then this is going to be an exciting season for you. The year began with anticipation as big teams were showing indications of making major moves and acquisitions, though that has not been as fast as some people had expected, even though this anticipation is still high as major teams are still expected to make a few more moves before the end of January.

If you are a Phillies Fan would you bet on them even after their disappointing performance in the last two seasons? Their disappointing 2012 season forced them to sell, for the first time in six years. This apparently compelled them to rethink their strategy as the made new acquisitions. 

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Edgar Martínez’s case for Cooperstown posted by David

One of the most talented hitters of the nineties did not receive enough votes for induction to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, but I’m hoping Edgar Martínez does not have to wait too much longer.  I don’t expect him to be elected in 2011 because too many voters don’t think a Designated Hitter is a full-time player.  (Martínez came up as a third baseman, but injuries forced him to become Seattle’s regular DH in 1995.)  In my opinion, if a poor defensive player can make it to Cooperstown based on his offensive contributions, then someone who does not play a defensive position should be able to do the same.

Martínez’s career stats include a .312 batting average, .418 on-base percentage, .515 slugging percentage, 2,247 hits, 309 home runs, and 1,261 RBIs.  His best season came in 1995, when he slugged .628 while leading the AL in batting average (.356), OBP (.479), OPS (1.107), doubles (52), and runs (121).  Despite his monster year, Martínez still finished third in the MVP race.  Fifteen years later, he remains the only designated hitter ever to win a batting title.

Martínez was a seven-time All-Star, won five Silver Slugger Awards, and had one of the biggest clutch hits in postseason history – a two-run double in the bottom of the 11th inning of Game 5 of the 1995 ALDS that sent the Mariners to their first-ever Championship Series.  Seattle had been trailing the Yankees 5-4 and were three outs away from being eliminated from the playoffs; the turn of events sent the Yanks home instead after having blown a 2-0 series lead.  For the series, Martínez had a Ruthian line of .571/.667/1.000 and 10 RBIs – nine of them coming in the last two games.

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A new champion is crowned posted by David

Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants, who are World Champions for the first time since moving to the west coast more than 50 years ago.  Their last title in New York came in 1954, when Willie Mays made “the catch” that will be played on highlight reels forever.  The Giants came unbelievably close to not even making the playoffs this year, but the fans who claimed that watching their team was “torture” are now the happiest fans in baseball.

How ‘bout that?

How about Matt Cain?  The San Francisco hurler was nearly untouchable throughout the playoffs, outshining staff ace Tim Lincecum, who had a bad outing in Game 1 of the Fall Classic.  In three postseason starts, Cain allowed only an unearned run over 21.1 innings of work, going at least 6.2 innings in each outing and providing a huge boost to his team’s hunt for glory.  He might be the best #2 starter in the majors, but Matt Cain looked like the second coming of Cy Young when it mattered most for the Giants.

How about Brian Wilson?  The flamethrower’s postseason numbers included six saves (in seven chances) and a win in 11.2 innings pitched, allowing just an unearned run.  Additionally, Wilson allowed no more than one hit per appearance while anchoring the San Francisco bullpen.  Wilson gave Bruce Bochy the confidence this postseason usually reserved for Mariano Rivera’s manager when handing his closer the ball in October (or November).

How about the fantastic class of rookies in the postseason?  Stephen Strasburg wasn’t among them, but Jason Heyward (Braves), Buster Posey (Giants), Aroldis Chapman (Reds), Danny Valencia (Twins), Wade Davis (Rays), Neftali Feliz and Mitch Moreland (both Rangers) would make an incredible young team if they all played together.  In fact, even top prospect Domonic Brown, who compiled just 62 regular-season at-bats, was on the Phillies’ playoff roster.  Expectations will be high for this talented group, and here’s hoping none of them experiences too much of a sophomore slump.

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Playoff newcomers show the baseball world what they’ve got posted by David

While the fans in Cincinnati, Atlanta, and St. Petersburg may not have appreciated it, nearly every game played so far this postseason has featured a dominant pitching performance.  Roy Halladay no-hit the Reds, Tim Lincecum shut out the Braves on just two hits while striking out 14, and C.J. Wilson and Cliff Lee combined to hold the Rays to one run in 13.1 innings.  Lee displayed his talents during last year’s World Series, earning both of the Phillies’ wins over the Yankees, but Halladay, Lincecum and Wilson were all making their postseason debuts, and not one of them showed any sign of butterflies.

How ‘bout that?

How about Félix Hernández?  Despite a 13-12 record, King Felix deserves the American League Cy Young Award for his outstanding season on the mound.  He led the majors in ERA (2.27) and finished just one strikeout behind Jered Weaver’s 233 and one inning pitched shy of Halladay’s 250.2 – both of which led all big league pitchers.  The Venezuelan workhorse threw six innings or more in 32 of 34 starts, allowing three earned runs or fewer in 30 of them.  Had he played for any team other than the Mariners, whose lack of offense cost all of their pitchers, Hernández would almost certainly have won 20 games or more.

How about Danny Valencia?  Following a promotion to the big leagues in June, the Twins’ third baseman hit .311 with seven home runs and 40 RBIs in 85 games. Valencia was most productive during the month of September, hitting five homers and driving in 17 runs in 22 games.  Had he spent the entire season in the big leagues, Valencia would be a strong candidate for the AL Rookie of the Year; as is he will probably be voted third behind Neftali Feliz and Austin Jackson.  Minnesota fans, however, should be happy to have a promising young hitter who will occupy the hot corner for years to come.

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Hard work pays off for career minor leaguers posted by David

Reds rookie Mike Leake went from Arizona State to the majors without throwing a pitch in the minor leagues.  Stephen Strasburg spent two months split between Double-A and Triple-A before making his big league debut in front of the entire baseball world.  The rise to the top does not come so easily – or at all – for others who share the dream of playing in The Show.  Two such players are John Lindsey, who was drafted way back in 1995, and Max St-Pierre, who had played 978 games in the minors – nearly all of them as a catcher – before getting called up this month to the Dodgers and Tigers, respectively.  Lindsey had played for five different organizations and even tried independent ball in 2005.  St-Pierre had spent 14 seasons in the minors, including 13 in the Tigers organization, and was one of the Toledo Mud Hens' backstops in 2010.  He probably did not expect the promotion after starting the year at Double-A.  It’s always exciting for any minor leaguer to find out he's going up to the big leagues, but for a 33-year-old first baseman and a 30-year-old catcher going up for the first time, it has got to be the greatest feeling in the world.



How 'bout that?


How about Troy Tulowitzki?  The Rockies shortstop is having a September to remember, launching 14 home runs, slugging a ridiculous .884, putting together four multi-homer games, and collecting 34 RBIs.  If he can drive in 10 runs in Colorado's last nine games, Tulo will finish with 100 RBIs despite spending six weeks on the DL in June and July.  Along with Carlos Gonzalez, Tulowitzki is leading the Rockies in their hunt for another Rocktober.

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Another Triple Crown candidate storms to the top posted by David

Albert Pujols and Joey Votto have been battling each other all year, but Carlos Gonzalez has leap-frogged the front-runners in the Triple Crown race.  Gonzalez leads the National League in hitting (.337), is tied with Votto for the league lead with 100 Runs Batted In, and with 32 home runs is just five back of Pujols, two behind Adam Dunn, and tied with Votto and Mark Reynolds.  While he may have the best shot at the Triple Crown, I suspect Gonzalez’s home-road splits (.387/.435/.783 at Coors Field, .288/.310/.450 on the road) will keep the voters from naming him the NL MVP.

How 'bout that?

How about Joakim Soria?  The Mexicutioner has very quietly put together an outstanding season in Kansas City – a 1.71 ERA, 37 saves, and 63 strikeouts compared to just 14 walks.  The Royals’ closer allowed zero runs in the entire month of August (12 innings, 12 strikeouts, eight hits, and two walks) and has continued his scoreless streak through the first week of September.  Though Mariano Rivera is having one of his finest seasons at the age of 40, Soria has been the best closer in baseball this year.

How about Nelson Cruz?  Three trips to the Disabled List have kept him from putting together an MVP-caliber season, but the guy can flat out hit the ball, and despite his size (6’2”, 240), Cruz can run pretty well too – he’s racked up 15 stolen bases to go with his .313 batting average, 17 home runs, and .567 slugging percentage.  If anybody likes playing at Rangers ballpark, it’s Cruz, whose line at home is a robust .359/.414/.660 – a sure way to become a hometown favorite.

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Will Chipper hang 'em up? posted by David

Chipper Jones is out for the year with a torn ACL, but let’s hope this isn’t it for the man who has played his entire major league career for manager Bobby Cox.  Chipper has made it known since last season that retirement could be around the corner, but like Baseball Tonight’s Eduardo Perez, I don’t see Chipper calling it quits now that his season has ended unexpectedly.  He wants to go out on his own terms, and these aren’t them.  At 38, his career is nearing the end, but I find it hard to believe that he will be able to say good-bye after watching from the bench as his team battles for the National League crown.

If he’s truly done, Chipper’s numbers speak for themselves: a .306 career batting average and .405 On-Base Percentage, 436 home runs, 147 stolen bases, 2,490 hits, two Silver Sluggers and an MVP award.  The six-time All-Star won a batting title at the age of 36, hitting a staggering .364 to edge Albert Pujols, who hit .357.  He is also tied for the most home runs in a season by a switch-hitter (45 in 1999; Lance Berkman accomplished the feat in 2006).  A little known fact about Chipper is that he and Paul Waner hold the Major League record for most consecutive games with an extra-base hit (14).  Chipper will join Waner in Cooperstown as soon as he is eligible.

How ‘bout that?

How about Jered Weaver?  The 27-year-old righty leads the majors with 182 strikeouts and is having his best season (11-7, 2.87 Earned Run Average) since his rookie year (2006), when he went 11-2 with a 2.56 ERA.  Since the All-Star break, Weaver has been even better, posting a 1.93 ERA, limiting opponents to a .204 batting average, and averaging seven innings per outing over six starts.  With the Rangers playing so well in the AL West, the Angels are unlikely to win the division for the fourth straight year and may even finish under .500 for the first time since 2003, but they have to be pleased with how their ace has pitched this season.

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Buyer or Seller? posted by David

With the Dog Days of August about to begin, now is the time for teams to decide whether they are buyers or sellers – that is, whether they should mortgage their future and go for it this year or trade away their veterans for up-and-coming prospects.  “Going for it” says to a team’s fans that the organization thinks it has a legitimate chance to win it all, but a more conservative approach can send just as strong a message.  While a middle-of-the-pack team may have to acknowledge that this isn’t the year, going out and building for the future – as long as it is not the distant future – can usually be taken to mean that the front office is willing to sacrifice an outside shot at the playoffs in order to increase its chances of winning in the long term.  Buyer or seller, every GM will be busy until tomorrow’s trade deadline.

How ‘bout that?

How about Buster Posey?  The 22-year-old rookie has been on fire since taking over as the Giants’ starting catcher when Bengie Molina was traded to the Rangers.  Though his 21-game hitting streak came to an end on Thursday, Posey has helped San Francisco go 17-8 in the month of July, in the process taking the lead in the Wild Card race.  It won’t be easy to edge Jason Heyward and Stephen Strasburg, but Posey has a legitimate chance to claim the National League Rookie of the Year award.

How about José Bautista?  Bautista leads the power-happy Blue Jays with 75 RBI and a .585 slugging percentage (teammate Vernon Wells, who is second, has driven in 55 and slugged .515), but more impressively, leads the majors in homers.  The journeyman played for Baltimore, Tampa Bay, Kansas City, and Pittsburgh before finding a home in Toronto, and while he has always shown some pop, the Dominican native’s previous career highs were 16 homers (2006), 63 RBI (2007), and a .420 slugging percentage (2006).

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Farewell to a pair of the game's greats posted by David

The game of baseball lost two old-timers this week, as beloved Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell passed away at the age of 92 and Hall of Fame pitcher Robin Roberts died at 83.

Harwell is best known for his 42 years broadcasting Tiger games, but before his career in Detroit, Harwell made history.  For this, I turn to wikipedia: In 1948, Harwell became the only announcer in baseball history to be traded for a player when the Brooklyn Dodgers' general manager, Branch Rickey, traded catcher Cliff Dapper to the Crackers in exchange for breaking Harwell's broadcasting contract.

In 1981, Harwell became the fifth broadcaster to receive the Ford C. Frick Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame.  Harwell was inducted into The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame in 1989, and in 1998, he was elected to the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame as well as the Radio Hall of Fame.  “The Voice of the Tigers” retired after the 2002 season.

Roberts spent the bulk of his career with the Phillies.  His best full season came in 1952, when he led the majors with 28 wins, 30 complete games, and 330 innings pitched, all of which would be considered absurd numbers in today’s game.  He won 20 games six years in a row, throwing 300 innings in each of those seasons as well.  Though he was a seven-time All-Star, Roberts never won a Cy Young Award, as the award was introduced in 1956, just after the peak of Roberts’s career.  He finished with 286 wins, 305 complete games, 2,357 strikeouts, and a 3.41 ERA.  Roberts also holds the record for surrendering the most home runs in major league history, with 505.  Jamie Moyer – still pitching (for the Phillies, no less) at age 47 – has allowed 498 and could pass Roberts some time this season.

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The Walk Off: Nationals win seventh straight, improve to 9-1 (Big League Stew)

Welcome to The Walk Off, the nightly MLB recap from Big League Stew. Here we'll look at the top performers of the night, show you a must-see highlight and rundown the scoreboard. First, we start with a game you need to know about. The Washington Nationals really have things rolling under new manager Dusty Baker. With Saturday's 8-1 victory against the Philadelphia Phillies, the Nationals have now won seven straight games overall. They also extended their best start in franchise history (that even covers the Montreal years) by improving to 9-1. [Related: Fan gets attention for misspelled 'Bruce' Harper sign ] Is Washington's talented roster finally living up to the potential? It's a relatively small sample size to be sure, but the results are promising.  Of course, the success really begins at the top of that roster, where Bryce Harper and Max Scherzer reside. Both played a key role in Saturday's win, with Harper delivering the knockout punch with his fifth-inning two-run homer. Harper now has five homers on the season, and has homered in each of his last five games in Philadelphia.  On the hill, Scherzer predictably dominant, tossing seven innings of one-run ball. He even chipped in on offense, cracking a two-run double in the fourth. Scherzer is 2-0 on the young season to go along with a 3.15 ERA.  Other Nationals are playing well too. Daniel Murphy, who's hitting .438, added a run-scoring hit. Wilson Ramos is batting .389 and doing a fine job behind the plate. If they can get Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth going too, they'll be even more dangerous. Then there's young prospect Trea Turner just waiting his turn in Triple A, where he's tearing it up with a .500 average. And no, don't forget about the rotation either . This is a talented Washington team that may finally have the guidance and perspective it needed.   TOP PERFORMERS Jake Arrieta: Chicago's ace continued his remarkable run of success at Wrigley Field in the Cubs 6-2 win against the Rockies . Arrieta pitched eight shutout innings, running his scoreless innings in home games to 48.2. That dates back to July 25, 2015, which is the same day Cole Hamels no-hit Chicago. In 34 career starts at Wrigley overall, Arrieta has posted a 1.94 ERA. That's the lowest mark for any pitcher with a minimum of 150 innings at the famed ballpark. He's on fire.  Johnny Cueto: San Francisco's new right-hander didn't make a great impression in his home debut against the Dodgers last Sunday. In seven innings, he allowed six runs on 10 hits, but still managed to earn the win. He was much better in Saturday's rematch at Dodger Stadium, allowing just one run on three hits over 7.1 innings. And he earned the win again, as the Giants topped the Dodgers 4-3 .  [Elsewhere: Rays wisely add more protective netting following injury to fan ] Nick Markakis: Don't look now, but the Braves have a two-game winning streak. The veteran Markakis keyed Saturday's 6-4 win over the Marlins by collecting three hits and driving in three runs. His hits were timely as well, as he opened the scoring with a two-out, two-run double in the second inning. He also drove in the go-ahead run with a double in the fourth.  Nomar Mazara: The Rangers rookie is still raking. In Saturday's  8-4 win against the Orioles , Mazara went 3-for-4 with a walk, one RBI and two runs scored. It was all needed too, as Baltimore continued slugging with three more home runs. On the season, Mazara is now hitting .444 (12-for-27) through seven games and he looks mighty comfortable doing it.  MUST-SEE HIGHLIGHT Twins rookie Byung-ho Park is struggling to make contact as he adjusts to major-league pitching. Entering Saturday's game, he had struck out in 14 of his 28 career at-bats. No one is questioning his power though. When he hits them, they stay hit, as evidenced by this 462-foot shot to straight away center field. Park went back-to-back with Oswaldo Arcia in the eighth inning as the Twins topped the Angels 4-2 .   THE SCOREBOARD Mariners 3, Yankees 2 : Felix Hernandez walked six in a mostly uneven outing but still picked up his first win of the season. Seattle's ace pitched five innings, allowing just one run on five hits. By striking out five, Hernandez also tied Randy Johnson on the Mariners all-time strikeout list with 2,162.  Reds 9, Cardinals 8 : Cincinnati hit nine doubles to overcome an early 4-0 deficit and defeat Adam Wainwright.  Red Sox  4, Blue Jays 2 : This is the formula Boston is looking for. David Price pitched seven innings of two-run ball before turning it over the Koji Uehara and Craig Kimbrel, who closed the door on Toronto. Xander Bogaerts had the key hit, smashing a three-run homer in the third inning.  Indians 7, Mets 5 : After retiring the first 13 batters, Matt Harvey hit a wall in Cleveland. Over the next inning and two-thirds, he allowed five runs on six hits while adding three walks. On the season, Harvey is now 0-3 with a 5.71 ERA.  A's 5, Royals 3 : Sonny Gray was excellent again, limiting Kansas City to two runs (one earned) over seven innings. He was supported by Josh Reddick, who connected for a three-run homer in the first, and Stephen Vogt, who added a solo blast in the seventh.  [read full article]

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The Walk Off: Cubs win again and are off to best start since '69 (Big League Stew)

Welcome to The Walk Off, the nightly MLB recap from Big League Stew. Here we'll look the top performers of the night, show you a must-see highlight and rundown the scoreboard. First, we start with a game you need to know about. It's safe to say there's no early-season disappointment with the Chicago Cubs. And Thursday's game against the Cincinnati Reds just reinforced that. [ Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Baseball contest now ] The Cubs won their fifth straight game, beating the Reds 8-1 to complete a three-game sweep. The Cubs have the same record as the score — 8-1, which is their best start since 1969. That year, the Cubs won 11 of 12 games to start the season. Things didn't end so well that season , of course, but that team didn't have Kris Bryant and Addison Russell.  Bryant hit his second homer of the season while Russell had three hits and scored two runs. Cubs starter Jason Hammel threw six scoreless innings too. Perhaps most impressive about these Cubs is just how forceful their wins have been. Their run differential is +43, by far the most in MLB. The Cardinals are +24 and nobody else is even in the 20s. Enjoy these additional factoids about the Cubs' early-season onslaught: Highest Run Differential - 1st 9 Games of Season In Modern Era 1999 Indians +44 1905Giants +43 2016 @Cubs +43 Via @EliasSports — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 15, 2016 The last @Cubs team to post a better run differential through 9 games played in 1885 … as the White Stockings. pic.twitter.com/7wYq1k5T4p — MLB Stat of the Day (@MLBStatoftheDay) April 15, 2016 The Cubs have a +43 run differential through 9 games. Last year, only 11 teams had a run differential that good over 162 games. — Matt Clapp (@TheBlogfines) April 15, 2016 These are all nice things. TOP PERFORMERS • Jaime Garcia: What's the best-possible scenario for the St. Louis Cardinals and starter Jaime Garcia? Exactly what happened Thursday. Garcia threw a one-hit shutout and struck out 13 as the Cards beat the Brewers 7-0 . He did it all in 104 pitches. • Vince Velasquez: Get this: Garcia's performance might not have even been the best of the day. Vince Velasquez, the 23-year-old Philadelphia Phillies starter, K'd 16 San Diego Padres while throwing a three-hitter that put him in the record books . The Phils won 3-0 and Velasquez went the distance, hitting 97 mph on his final pitch of the day.  Vince Velasquez, wow. He'd be the 5th-youngest pitcher to have a scoreless start of 14+ K, 0 BB behind Gooden, K. Wood, J. Fernandez, Blue. — Andrew Simon (@AndrewSimonMLB) April 14, 2016 • Ian Kennedy:  We'll end this trifecta of pitchers with Kennedy, the new Kansas City Royals starter, who kept the Houston Astros offense quite most of the night. In fact, he carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning. All told, he gave up two hits and one run while striking out seven as the Royals beat the Astros 6-2 . MUST-SEE HIGHLIGHT This is Bryce Harper's 100th career homer and his first career grand slam. Nice, both of them. He's also 23, so that's important to note. One more thing: This gave the Washington Nationals enough offense to beat the Atlanta Braves, 6-2 . The Braves, by the way, still haven't won a game this season. THE REST OF THE SCOREBOARD •  Los Angeles Dodgers 5, Arizona Diamondbacks 2 : Dodgers score five in the seventh, as Ross Stripling throws six innings in his second MLB start. • Detroit Tigers 7, Pittsburgh Pirates 4 : New Detroit Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann has yet to surrender a run with his new squad, including his Thursday start against the Pirates.  • Chicago White Sox 3, Minnesota Twins 1 : The Twins have still won as many games as you this MLB season. Nada. • Cleveland Indians 6, Tampa Bay Rays 0 : The Indians hit three homers and rough up Rays ace Chris Archer.  • Colorado Rockies 11, San Francisco Giants 6 : Matt Cain gave up the six runs in 4.2 innings, not getting out of Colorado's nine-run fifth inning. • Toronto Blue Jays 4, New York Yankees 2 : Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki homered, while Marcus Stroman went eight strong innings.  • Texas Rangers 6, Baltimore Orioles 3 : Rougned Odor lands the go-ahead double as the Rangers rally for five in the sixth inning to beat the O's. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: The StewPod: A baseball podcast by Yahoo Sports Subscribe via iTunes or via RSS feed - - - - - - - Mike Oz is the editor of Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz [read full article]

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Baseball-Highlights of Thursday's MLB games (Reuters)

Reds 10, Phillies 6 Jay Bruce hit his first two home runs of the season and drove in five runs, including four in an eight-run fourth inning, as the Cincinnati Reds completed a three-game sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies with a 10-6 victory on Thursday afternoon at Great American Ball Park. Eugenio Suarez added his first career grand slam to help the Reds give rookie starter Robert Stephenson the victory in his major league debut. White Sox 6, A's 1 Jose Abreu hit a two-run homer in the top of the sixth inning and Mat Latos gave up one hit in six innings to lead Chicago over Oakland. [read full article]

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