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David Ortiz hits 14th, passes Michael Young in All-Star voting

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

David OrtizIt looks like David Ortiz still has a few swings left in that bat of his. After a few years of slow starts, Big Papi got the bat going a bit sooner this time around. The 35-year-old DH cracked his 14th home run of the season on Tuesday night, lifting his Boston Red Sox over the New York Yankees with a 6-4 win and bringing the two teams into a tie for first the American League East standings.

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Boston Red Sox first to reach double-digit losses

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

Josh BeckettThe Boston Red Sox fell to 2-10 on the season after losing a tough game to the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night. Adam Lind hit a controversial three-run home run in the first inning that was reversed after a replay, but that only resulted in a 7-6 loss instead. Bobby Jenks was hammered in the 7th inning, taking his first loss as a member of the Red Sox and becoming the seventh man on the staff with an “L” in just 12 games.

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Jose Bautista snubbed from the MLB Home Run Derby

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

Jose BautistaThe major league leader in home runs will be watching the Home Run Derby from the sidelines on Monday night. Jose Bautista, Toronto’s utility slugger, has 24 home runs at the break, won’t be swinging for the fences, but it’s not because of an injury or lack of willingness or anything of the like; he simply wasn’t asked to. MLB, in all their infinite wisdom, chose to overlook the unexpected slugger, and that fact has fans and players alike confused and upset.

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David Ortiz to make sixth MLB All-Star appearance

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

David OrtizHas David Ortiz truly come back, or is he just going through a hot streak? His struggles have been well-documented since 2009 when his extended slump began, especially when he was dropped in the lineup for the first time in his career. In 2010, Ortiz has shown old signs of his form as he has blasted 19 home runs and has been selected as one of the American League All-Stars and will show up in Los Angeles for this week’s festivities.

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Red Sox holdovers starting to age

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

David OrtizThe Boston Red Sox ended an 86-year-long World Series drought with their dramatic title run in 2004. Now, six years later, only a handful of players from that team still call Fenway Park home. Team mainstays Tim Wakefield, David Ortiz, Jason Varitek, and Kevin Youkilis are the only members of the Red Sox with two World Series rings adorning their fingers. Wakefield’s impact is only felt once every five days, and Youkilis is still a relatively young member, but how long is too long to hold on to legends who are no longer producing?

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Ortiz and The Shift

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

David OrtizA lot of noise has been made recently over Terry Francona’s pinch-hitting for David Ortiz in recent weeks. It’s never happened in Ortiz’s career, but let’s face it, Ortiz has lost a thing or two in his swing lately. His terribly slow start to 2009 was just the beginning, and 2010 hasn’t been much different for the DH home run champion. Ortiz’s struggles aren’t helped by the fact that whenever he steps to the plate, he’s already at a disadvantage thanks to the defensive positioning known as “The Shift”.

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The 2009 MLB Playoffs Exposed

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Editorial, MLB, Playoffs,

Ryan HowardWith the Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers extra-inning division game nail-biter in the books, we now know the eight playoff teams. With that, here’s a Gear Live exclusive detailing exactly what is going to happen in each respective league in the 2009 MLB playoffs. Some may shock you, but it’s all true, so pay attention.

In the National League, the St. Louis Cardinals and their best three-man rotation in baseball, led of course by Chris Carpenter and his near-unanimous “Comeback Player of the Year” award; will make short work of the Los Angeles Dodgers lineup. The St. Louis starters will each flirt with perfection, but L.A. will manage to score three measly runs in the three game series; one per game. Each run will be come via a solo blast by Manny Ramirez, still trying to show the baseball world that he can ruin anything special that baseball has to offer. The other series will be much the same, with the Philadelphia Phillies starting Cliff Lee in three games against the Colorado Rockies, just to see if he can finally prove that he actually is better than Roy Halladay. He’ll win two, but it will take a group effort for Philadelphia to clinch the divisional series.

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The End Score Report 006: De La Hoya-Mayweather, Roger Clemens Returns, Golden State Warriors

Dan Devone is back with another edition of the End Score Report. This time Dan tackles:

  • De La Hoya vs. Mayweather: The fight that was supposed to save boxing was a waste of cash.
  • What happened to good boxing? Roger Clemens Returns to Baseball - $28 million to play for the Yankees.
  • David Ortiz: Doesn’t think Barry Bonds is on steriods. What?!?
  • Golden State Warriors are the funnest team in basketball, fantastic in the post-season.

Agree or disagree? Let us know your thoughts on the End Score forums.

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King Felix Shuts Out Red Sox

Posted by Milo Taibi Categories: Athletes, MLB, News,

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On Tuesday night Felix Hernandez stole the show from the attractions of Ichiro Suzuki and Daisuke “Dice K” Matsuzaka. Although the media hype was surrounding Ichiro facing Matsuzaka, Hernandez was quietly shutting down the Boston Red Sox offense. He went all nine innings, and gave up just one hit while striking out six.  Matsuzaka wasn’t nearly as impressive, throwing seven innings, giving up eight hits and three earned runs while striking out four and giving up one walk.

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