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MLB’s 10 hottest rookies

There comes a point in the 162-game Major League Baseball schedule when it truly becomes a grind — when the shine from the beginning of a fresh season has worn off but the excitement for the post-season has yet to kick into high gear. The season can feel especially long for big league rookies, who are still accustomed to the less intense minor league seasons that end in late August and early September. As a result, a lot of rookies tend to experience a reduction in output during the second…

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The American League Cy Young Race

The American League Cy Young race is heating up and as of today it looks like a two-horse race, with a few others close enough to make a serious run. The two frontrunner appear to be Seattle ace Felix Hernandez and Detroit Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer. Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish is within reach, too, as are Scherzer’s teammate Anibal Sanchez, Chicago White Sox lefty Chris Sale. Others include Bartolo Colon, Hiroki Kuroda and Matt Moore. For me, Darvish has a real shot while Sanchez, Sale and Rangers’ southpaw Derek…

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Area Codes: Day 4

Day four of the New Balance Area Code games had some exciting, close games including a match up for California between the Brewers (Northern California) and Athletics (Northern California) that the Brewers went on to win by one run without their biggest bats — Alex Jackson, Jack Flaherty, and Marcus Wilson all left a bit early for this weekend’s Perfect Game All American Classic at Petco Park. The first game of the day was a nine inning game between the Nationals and the White Sox and the White Sox went…

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Area Codes: Day 3

After an exciting day yesterday at the New Balance Area Code Games, today was a bit quieter. It lacked the elite arms that were on display on day two but the talent was still there. The Royals and Rangers kicked things off in game one. Right-hander Trey Supak (TX) got the start for the Rangers. He has a big body with an over the top, downhill delivery. His fastball sat 86-88 MPH and touched 89. He mixed in a curve at 71-72 MPH that had big, downhill break with good…

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Area Codes: Day 2

Day two of the 2013 New Balance of Area Codes was headlined by pitching prospects as some of the top prep arms in the 2014 class were on display. I will take a brief look at some of the pitchers that went today but will dig more deeply following the tournament. The Rangers – Nationals game was the hottest game of the tournament so far as arm after arm took the mound. Right-hander, Touki Toussaint (Coral Springs, FL) is one of the biggest prep arms thus far and got the…

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Rookie Watch: NL race is hot

The month of July is in the books in Major League Baseball and the Rookie of the Year race has never been more exciting — especially if you’re a fan of the National League. The senior circuit has dominated the top rookie standings for the entire season and an American League rookie has yet to sniff the Top 5 ranking over the first three months. The 2013 rookie class is even more compelling due to the large number of first-year players performing key roles in their clubs’ playoff races. These…

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Seattle Mariners 

The futures of Montero, Wilhelmsen

The past two days have bee quite newsy in the land of the Seattle Mariners. The club learned Monday, officially, that Jesus Montero was suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball for violating the league’s drug policy, and Tuesday sent down Tom Wilhelmsen to Triple-A Tacoma. The futures of both players is as unclear as any of the potential core players for the M’s moving forward. Montero Montero will miss the rest of the season and 2013 is as lost for him as it may be ultimately be for left-hander…

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