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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: Cubs offense explodes in lopsided win over Cardinals (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. Opposing pitchers should already know this, but don't take the Chicago Cubs offense lightly this year. In case they needed the reminder, the Cubs were up to their usual antics again Tuesday, this time against Michael Wacha and the St. Louis Cardinals. > [ Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Baseball contest now ] Chicago wasted no time getting to work. Dexter Fowler led off the contest with a double. He moved over to third on a groundout by Jason Heyward.  Kris Bryant then struck, driving in Fowler on a single. Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist would each reach, loading the bases. That was followed up with a Jorge Soler walk, forcing in another run. Addison Russell would ground into a force out for the second out of the frame, but the bases remained loaded. That didn't last long. David Ross drove in two more runs with a double, and then pitcher Jason Hammel did the same. Before Hammel even took the mound, the Cubs had scored six runs.  That wasn't enough for Chicago, though. Soler would hit a two-run homer in the fifth, and the club would manage four more runs in the top of the ninth inning. St. Louis attempted a rally late, scoring three runs in the final two innings, but it just wasn't enough. With the 12-3 victory , the Cubs improved to 30-14 on the year. TOP PERFORMERS   Gregory Polanco: Polanco's breakout season with the Pittsburgh Pirates continued Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Polanco wasted no time getting to work during the contest, smashing a three-run homer in his first at-bat. Polanco knocked in two more runs with a double in the sixth. He also added a single, finishing 3-for-5 with two runs scored and five RBIs in the 12-1 victory . Justin Verlander: Verlander turned in a vintage performance for the Detroit Tigers during Tuesday's contest against the Philadelphia Phillies. The 33-year-old threw eight scoreless innings, holding the Phillies to just three hits. He walked two and struck out 10 in the 3-1 win , earning his fourth victory of the season. [Elsewhere: Dodgers fans gave Joey Votto a new nickname after paper airplane incident ] Daniel Murphy: Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy stung his old team, the New York Mets, on Tuesday. In the bottom of the fifth, Murphy delivered a huge blow to Matt Harvey, taking the righty deep for a two-run shot. Harvey remained in the game for two more batters, but Murphy's hit was the final nail in the coffin  in another bad start by the Mets ace. Murphy also singled, finishing 2-for-4 in the 7-4 victory. MUST-SEE HIGHLIGHT The Colorado Rockies didn't have much to cheer about during Tuesday's 8-3 loss against the Boston Red Sox, but Nolan Arenado managed to change that briefly. In the bottom of the eighth, Arenado made another spectacular defensive play. Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts hit a sharp grounder down the third base line, but Arenado was able to make a diving stop. He then got up and fired a bullet to first, easily nabbing Bogaerts. Though it was a superb play, it's one we've come to expect from Arenado. He's that good with the glove. THE REST OF THE SCOREBOARD Rays 4, Marlins 3: Jake Odorizzi turned in a scoreless start over five innings, but the Rays bullpen almost allowed a comeback. Alex Colome was called on to pick up a two-inning save, and got the job done. Yankees 6, Blue Jays 0: Nathan Eovaldi turned in another excellent start, allowing just two hits over six scoreless innings for the win. Brewers 2, Braves 1: Jimmy Nelson turned in a quality start, while Ryan Braun hit his eighth home run in the victory. Rangers 4, Angels 1: Nomar Mazara was 3-for-3 at the plate, including his seventh home run of the season. Indians 6, White Sox 2: Cleveland jumped all over Chris Sale, scoring six runs off the ace and saddling him with his first loss of the year. Royals 7, Twins 4: Lorenzo Cain went 4-for-5, with two RBI and Salvador Perez hit his seventh home run of the season during the victory. Astros 3, Orioles 2: Carlos Correa only had one hit on the night, but it was a big one. With the bases loaded, Correa delivered a walk-off single in the 13th. Mariners 6, Athletics 5: A back-and-forth game was decided in the bottom of the ninth as Leonys Martin clubbed a walk-off two-run shot against Ryan Madson. Dodgers 8, Reds 2: Justin Turner drove in three runs on three hits, while the Reds lost their ninth-straight game. Giants 8, Padres 2: Brandon Crawford went 2-for-4, driving in four runs during the victory. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik [read full article]

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The Walk Off: Surprising Phillies keep pressure on division foes (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.   We've crossed the mid-point of May, and  the Philadelphia Phillies still aren't going away. That's obviously a very stunning development, because most people didn't see them holding relevance beyond the first week in April.  Even the Phillies would have to admit they didn't see this remarkable start coming. Not after they dove headfirst into a rebuilding project expected to take several years. Yet, after the Phillies 4-2 win against the Marlins on Wednesday , they're 24-17 almost exactly one-quarter of the way through the season, and they're only one-half game behind the Washington Nationals for first place in the NL East.  [ Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Baseball contest now ] This is why we play the games.  [read full article]

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The Walk Off: Clayton Kershaw continues historic run (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 Los Angeles Dodgers jumped out to an early lead and Clayton Kershaw took over from there. When Kershaw took the mound in the top of the second inning Thursday night, the Dodgers were already up 4-0 after pelting New York Mets starter Bartolo Colon for four runs, including a three-run home run by Yasmani Grandal. That was more than enough for Kershaw. Chase Utley's solo shot in the bottom of the second would have been enough. Kershaw pitched a complete game shutout, allowing three hits and one walk and striking out 13 in a 5-0 win for the Dodgers. Juan Lagares was the only player not to strike out for the Mets, and that includes the two pinch-hitters who went to the plate. For most pitchers, that would most likely be a career-best outing. For Kershaw, it was the latest in what's been an incredible early-season run. A three-time NL Cy Young award winner and former MVP, Kershaw continues to add to his lofty resume. The Dodgers left-hander has made five straight starts with 10 or more strikeouts and one or zero walks, which is a major-league record. He has 77 strikeouts compared to four walks this season and a 1.74 ERA. That's four walks in eight starts, which is absurd. Thursday's victory improved Kershaw's record to 5-1 and it was his 65th win at Dodger Stadium, passing Don Drysdale for fifth on the all-time Dodger Stadium wins list. Fernando Valenzuela (69), Orel Hershisher (76) and Claude Osteen (79) are next on that list for Kershaw to catch while Don Sutton is on top with 126 wins. Kershaw showed again with his gem against the Mets that when he's on the game, there's nobody better in baseball. TOP PERFORMERS David Price: Price looked like his Cy Young caliber self, striking out 12 over 6 2/3 innings in the Boston Red Sox’s 11-1 win over the Houston Astros. That’s one way to quell concerns about the uneven start to his Red Sox career. There are no concerns about Boston’s offence, as they scored more than 10 runs for the fourth straight game, eight of them coming against reigning AL Cy Young award winner Dallas Keuchel. Odubel Herrera: The Philadelphia Phillies leadoff hitter reached base five times in a 7-4 extra innings win against the Atlanta Braves, going 4-for-4 with a walk. Through 35 games Herrera is hitting .339/.450/.460 and is a big reason the Phillies are exceeding expectations. Matt Holliday: In a game where both starters were off – Adam Wainwright gave up seven runs, six of them earned, in five innings and Jered Weaver allowed eight in four innings – Holliday led the way offensively for the St. Louis Cardinals, going 4-for-5 with two home runs in a  12-10 win  over the Los Angeles Angels. [StewPod: How well do we really know what baseball fans think? ] MUST-SEE HIGHLIGHT When he connected with the ball and he watched it sail over the left field fence, it must have been the ultimate relief for New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley.  The second inning home run scored two runs for New York as they beat the Kansas City Royals 7-3 , but it meant more than just two RBIs for Headley. It’s May 12. Headley has been healthy, playing in 29 games. The home run was his first extra-base hit this season, highlighting how much he’s struggled at the plate. If the Yankees are going to work their way out of last place in the AL East, they need Headley to step up. It’s a start. THE REST OF THE SCOREBOARD Orioles 7, Tigers 5:  Manny Machado and Chris Davis each had two hits to help Baltimore rally and erase a 5-0 Detroit lead. Padres 3, Brewers 0:  James Shields pitched seven scoreless innings for San Diego, striking out nine, while Melvin Upton Jr. went 3-for-4 with a home run. Giants 4, Diamondbacks 2:   Johnny Cueto came out on top in a battle against Zack Greinke, giving up two runs over seven innings and striking out nine. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Israel Fehr is a writer for Big League Stew  on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter. Follow @israelfehr [read full article]

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Morgan throws 7 strong innings as Phillies beat Braves 3-2 (The Associated Press)

Adam Morgan saved his best start for his hometown fans. Morgan allowed only one run in seven innings, Mikael Franco homered and the Philadelphia Phillies held off Atlanta 3-2 on Tuesday night to extend the Braves' home misery. ''It's awesome to be back here and look up where you used to sit,'' Morgan said, adding his favorite Braves pitcher was another left-hander, Tom Glavine. [read full article]

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