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Derek Lowe gets Opening Day call for third-straight season

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Derek LoweThe Atlanta Braves announced that for the third consecutive season, they’ll give the ball to Derek Lowe on Opening Day. The Braves will travel from sunny Florida up to Washington to take on the Nationals in one of this year’s untraditional March 31 kickoff games. Even at the ripe age of 37, Lowe still has enough gas left in his tank for a 15th season as a major league pitcher. At least that’s what the Braves organization is hoping for.

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Adam Wainwright suffers an elbow injury

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

Adam Wainwright suffered an elbow injury and may be out the 2011 seasonThe St. Louis Cardinals suffered a big blow to their success when it was reported that pitcher Adam Wainwright has a possible serious elbow injury and could miss the entire 2011 season. Saying that the loss of Wainwright is damaging to the Cardinals is an understatement as he's won 39 games the past two seasons, including 20 games in 2010, finishing with a 2.42 ERA and 213 strikeouts, as well as second in the voting for National League Cy Young, which Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies won. Wainwright is in the middle of his prime at 29-years-old, so losing a season hurts if it comes to that. However, he's still young enough to recover from elbow surgery, most likely Tommy John surgery if he needs to go under the knife. He's in the middle of getting a second opinion before surgery becomes a tangible option.

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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.

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Cliff Lee signs with Philadelphia Phillies, creates best rotation ever

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Cliff LeeThe Philadelphia Phillies may be the first team in history to go 162-0. In a stunning turn of events, Cliff Lee, the offseason’s most sought-after free agent, has opted to return to Philly to join Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt in the starting rotation. We’ve seen phenomenal threesomes in the past, but a group of four like this comes around once a generation. Hamels may be the number four starter on this team, which is incredible, considering he’d be an ace for half of the other teams in baseball.

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The art of luring free agents such as Cliff Lee

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

Cliff LeeWhen you have a player like Cliff Lee on the market, only two kinds of teams will make a real run to get him: those in contention and those willing to overpay. Teams rebuilding will rarely offer anything beyond a phone call to an agent before bowing out, which is why you won’t see Lee wind up in a city like Oakland or Toronto, who both have excellent young pitching staffs, but neither think they are only one or two moves away from seriously contending.

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Roy Halladay wins second Cy Young in unanimous decision

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Roy HalladayAs predicted by many as soon as he first donned his Phillies uniform, Roy Halladay has won the National League Cy Young Award. Was there any doubt? Apparently not among voters. Halladay was a unanimous decision, picking up all 32 first-place votes for a total of 224 points. St. Louis’s Adam Wainwright finished in a distant second with 122 points while two-time defending NL Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum – whose Giants defeated Halladay’s Phillies in the postseason – was 11th in voting with two measly points.

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San Francisco Giants win series, look to break history

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, Championship, MLB, Playoffs,

San Francisco GiantsTalk about Giant killers. The San Francisco Giants made just about every unconventional move you could think of, and it seemed like each decision paid off. They’ll be heading to their first World Series since 1954 to face the Rangers who will be going to their first World Series ever, and without any official announcements, it’s probably safe to assume that two of the game’s best pitchers, Cliff Lee and Tim Lincecum, will be throwing first pitches for their respective teams.

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Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants set for gigantic rematch in Game 5

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Charlie ManuelAfter executing the same bit of managerial tactics that didn’t work for Joe Girardi, Charlie Manuel’s Phillies find themselves down 3-1 in their championship series against the Giants and are facing elimination. Manuel decided against using his ace Roy Halladay on short rest and opted for Joe Blanton. Despite Blanton exiting with a 4-3 lead, Manual did end up using starter Roy Oswalt in relief, who blew the lead and took the loss. Now the Phillies need to win three in a row to win their third-straight NL pennant.

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Four aces set to duel in championship series

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Tim Lincecum It is probable that the four best pitchers in baseball represent the four remaining teams in the playoffs. CC Sabathia, Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Tim Lincecum are the faces of New York, Philadelphia, Texas and San Francisco, respectively, and all four are fronting the charge to the World Series for their clubs. It’s impossible to answer which ace trumps which ace, as any game featuring any two of these stars very well may end up with a 1-0 score or left to the bullpens to decide.

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Philadelphia Phillies beat Cincinnati Reds and cruise through opening round

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Roy HalladayWhen people predicted that the National League’s best offensive team might threaten the two-time NL defending champions, they were sorely wrong. The Phillies swept the Reds in what turned out to be a pushover for a divisional series, sweeping Cincinnati in three straight and celebrating with champagne in the locker room afterwards. While this kind of celebration isn’t that common after winning a divisional series, it’s also not common to throw two complete games, including a no hitter.

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