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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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Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers push for postseason

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

Jered WeaverThe Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have been a playoff contender for years, and after missing the postseason last year, they’re back in the mix in 2011, trailing the Texas Rangers by four games in the AL West with 41 games left on the schedule, 10 of which are against those same boys from Arlington. They’ll play a four-game series this week and then a three-gamer on the last weekend of the month. Then, and we can only hope the division is still to be decided, the two teams will close out the season with three more games against each other.

 

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Slumping San Francisco Giants losing ground to Arizona Diamondbacks

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

Tim LincecumThe San Francisco Giants have been anything but worthy defenders of their World Series championship lately. They’ve lost more than they have won lately and have seen a somewhat comfortable lead in the NL West over the Arizona Diamondbacks shrink to a mere half game. The latest insult came on Thursday night when Cliff Lee – who last pitched against the Giants as a member of the Texas Rangers in the Fall Classic – shut them down and kept them off the scoreboard, handing them their ninth loss in 14 games.

 

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EndScore Report: A Look at the MLB Season Thus Far

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Editorial, MLB,

What's up with the Pittsburgh PiratesIn this edition of EndScore Report, DV and Chris take a look around majors and point out the surprises and expected outcomes thus far this MLB season. The AL East is normal with the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees in a dog fight. The AL Central has the Cleveland Indians in an unfamiliar place. The Texas Rangers are shooting them down in the AL West. The Philadelphia Phillies are not having as easy a time in the NL East. The NL Central, well, what has gotten into the Pittsburgh PIrates? In the NL West, the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants are holding up. LISTEN UP!

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EndScore Report: American League Predictions

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Athletes, MLB, Playoffs,

Adrian Gonzalez joins the Boston Red SoxDV and Chris make their bold predictions for the American League, choosing the eventual winners of the A.L. East, A.L. Central, A.L. West, and the A.L. Wild Card. They also make their choices for the A.L. Most Valuable Player and A.L. Cy Young. Will the offensively charged Boston Red Sox with the acquisitions of Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez overcome the New York Yankees? Will the wild card once again come from the second place team in the A.L. East? Can Joe Nathan and Justin Morneau get back to being healthy in order for the Minnesota Twins to defend their A.L. Central crown? Will the Texas Rangers make another run for the World Series by first winning the A.L. West? All this and more are talked about in the latest EndScore Report, which you can listen to here!

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Albert Pujols reports to St. Louis Cardinals camp without a contract

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Athletes, Front Office, MLB, News,

Albert Pujols reports to St. Louis Cardinals camp without a contractAlbert Pujols, arguably the best overall player in baseball today, did not come to a contract agreement with the St. Louis Cardinals by the self-imposed deadline of Wednesday, February 16th. The reason Pujols designated a deadline was to not cause any distraction during the season for the team. However, considering all the things that Pujols can do and what he's done for the organization, how can his pending free agency after the 2011 not cause any degree of distraction? The usual big money teams, New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, already have first baseman, but will undoubtedly have some interest should Pujols hit the market. Other interested teams include the Los Angeles Angels, Texas Rangers, and N.L. Central rivals, the Chicago Cubs.

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The Flip: Mike Napoli returns to the AL West

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB, Trades,

Mike NapoliFor the second time since Friday, Mike Napoli has been traded. Hopefully he hasn’t unpacked after being sent from Los Angeles to Toronto, as he is now heading back to the AL West. The Blue Jays and Rangers have completed a deal, sending the four-day old Blue Jay Napoli to Texas for reliever Frank Francisco and a little less than a million bucks. It’s just another player flipping deals that already seem to be common with Toronto’s new GM Alex Anthopoulos over his first year in the job.

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Neftali Feliz wins AL Rookie of the Year award

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

Neftali FelizRangers closer Neftali Feliz picked up top rookie honors in the American League in what was pretty much a sure bet. Feliz recorded 40 saves for Texas, setting a rookie record in doing so. He recorded 20 first-place votes and scored 122 points overall. Austin Jackson of the Tigers finished second in voting with 98 points. Feliz’s shaky postseason numbers did not matter as voting occurred before the postseason. He is the first Ranger to win the award in 36 years.

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Bengie Molina wins ring with losing Texas Rangers

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

Bengie MolinaBengie Molina couldn’t lose in this World Series. Sure, his Texas Rangers did roll over to allow the San Francisco Giants to win their first World Series since moving out of the Polo Grounds, but Molina’s allegiance to both teams during this season gave him the right to wear a World Series ring regardless of how the series played out. Molina started the season with the Giants, but was sent to the Rangers to make room for Buster Posey behind the plate.

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Giants open commanding 2-0 lead in World Series

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

Matt CainSomebody should tell C.J. Wilson and Matt Cain that they’re not aces in this World Series. At least not yet. After both Cliff Lee and Tim Lincecum failed to deliver the goods in Game 1, Wilson and Cain combined to throw 13 2/3 innings with seven hits and two earned runs. Both Lee and Lincecum each allowed more hits and earned runs. The 9-0 final score in Game 2 is no indication of how the starting pitching fared; at least not in Wilson’s case.

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