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Dodgers Announcer Vin Scully Will Return in 2015

Dodgers Announcer Vin Scully Will Return in 2015

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — One of legendary voices in all of sports is coming back as the Los Angeles Dodgers announced on Tuesday night that announcer Vin Scully will return in 2015.

The Dodgers broke the news to their fans on the videoboard and in its TV broadcast during the second inning of their game against the Atlanta Braves.

It will be the 86-year-old Scully’s 66th season announcing for the team.

“It is very difficult to say goodbye,” Scully said in a statement. “God willing, I will be back next year. Over the years, I have been blessed to have so many friends, including those that sit in the stands and listen as well as those at home, who listen and watch. It is just too hard to say goodbye to all these friends. Naturally, there will come a time, when I will have to say goodbye, but I’ve soul-searched, and this is not the time.”

Scully has been the team’s play-by-play man since 1950, and took over as the primary voice of the team in 1953.

He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1982.

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Cubs Top Rockies 4-3 in 16-Inning Marathon

Cubs Top Rockies 4-3 in 16-Inning Marathon

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — In a wild game that neither team will likely forget for a while, the Chicago Cubs defeated the Colorado Rockies 4-3 in 16 innings.
Emilio Bonafacio’s home run in the bottom of the 4th inning tied the game 4-4, …

Athletics Rally Past Astros in the 9th Inning

Athletics Rally Past Astros in the 9th Inning

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — The Oakland Athletics have proved once again why they very well may be the best team in all of Major League Baseball. On Tuesday night, Oakland scored six runs in the ninth inning to rally back and defeat the Houston Astros, 7-4.

Trailing 4-1 in the ninth inning, the Athletics were able to get the best of closer Chad Qualls.

Alberto Callaspo started the rally as he single home both Derek Norris and Josh Reddick. Yoenis Cespedes proceeded to tie the game with an RBI single.

With the game tied at 4, Brandon Moss was the hero as he singled home Jed Lowrie, giving Oakland a 5-4 lead.

“It had not been a very good day until that last at-bat,” Moss said. “I was just trying to battle, stay on the ball a little bit. Get on base any way I could. If I got a good pitch to hit, hit it hard.”

Josh Donaldson gave the team some insurance runs as he later doubled home Yoenis Cespedes and Moss.

The Athletics are now 66-40, and have the best record in all of Major League Baseball.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/29/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/29/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Seattle Mariners 5 (55-51) – Cleveland Indians 2 (52-54)

Cincinnati Reds 3 (53-53) – Arizona Diamondbacks 0 (46-61)

Chicago White Sox 11 (52-55) – Detroit Tigers 4 (57-46)

Philadelphia Phillies 6 (47-60) – New York Mets 0 (51-56)

Toronto Blue Jays 4 (58-50) – Boston Red Sox 2 (48-59)

Miami Marlins 3 (53-53) – Washington Nationals 0 (57-47)

Tampa Bay Rays 5 (53-54) – Milwaukee Brewers 1 (59-49)

Baltimore Orioles 7 (59-46) – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 6 (63-42) – 12 Innings

Oakland Athletics 7 (66-40) – Houston Astros 4 (43-64)

Minnesota Twins 2 (48-57) – Kansas City Royals 1 (53-52)

New York Yankees 12 (55-51) – Texas Rangers 11 (42-65)

Chicago Cubs 4 (44-61) – Colorado Rockies 3 (43-63) – 16 innings

Los Angeles Dodgers 8 (60-47) – Atlanta Braves 4 (58-49)

San Diego Padres 3 (47-59) – St. Louis Cardinals 1 (56-49)

Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (57-49) – San Francisco Giants 1 (57-50)

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Maddux, Glavine Headline Baseball HOF Inductees

Maddux, Glavine Headline Baseball HOF Inductees

(COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.) — Pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, slugger Frank Thomas, and skippers Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Tony La Russa were all inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame Sunday.

Maddux captured four Cy Young Awards and won 15 or more games for 17 straight seasons. He finishes his 23 season career with 355 wins, a 3.16 ERA, 3,371 strikeouts and a 1.14 WHIP

“I spent 12 years in Chicago, 11 in Atlanta, and both places are very special,” Maddux said. “Without the experiences in both cities, I would not be standing here today.”

Maddux wasn’t the only inductee to serve time in Atlanta. Glavine also pitched with Maddux, winning two CY Young Awards, while Cox coached the team to the 1995 World Series Championship.

“I’m truly humbled to stand here before you,” Cox said. “To Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, and I have to mention the third member of the big three — John Smoltz — I can honestly say I would not be standing here if it weren’t for you guys.”

Thomas finishes his 19 major league seasons with two MVP Awards, a .301 batting average, 521 home runs and 1,704 RBIs.

Torre managed the New York Yankees to six World Series, winning four of them.

La Russa finishes his career third all-time in coaching victories (2,728) and won three World Series titles — one with the Athletics and two with the Cardinals.

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Wainwright Earns League-Leading 13th Win

Wainwright Earns League-Leading 13th Win

Eliot J. Schechter/MLB Photos via Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Adam Wainwright pitched seven innings allowing no runs, five hits, and three walks while striking out five to earn his major league-leading 13th win in the St. Louis Cardinals 1-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.

Wainwright (13-5) bounces back from his last start when he allowed four earned runs in 4 2/3 innings against the Tampa Bay Rays.

“The results usually follow my delivery,” said Wainwright, who lowered his ERA to 1.92. “When I control my delivery — I told you I was gonna get things under wraps — and get my arm in the right spot, success was following that.

“They hit some balls hard, but we played some great defense and made some pitches when we needed to.”

Cubs rookie pitcher Kyle Hendricks was the tough luck loser allowing only one run, a solo homer to outfielder Matt Holliday.

The win puts the Cardinals (56-48) two games behind Milwaukee for first place in the NL Central.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/27/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/27/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Philadelphia Phillies 4 (46-59) – Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (45-60)

Toronto Blue Jays 5 (56-50) – New York Yankees 4 (54-50)

Washington Nationals 4 (57-45) – Cincinnati Reds 2 (52-52)

Boston Red Sox 3 (48-57) – Tampa Bay Rays 2 (51-54)

St. Louis Cardinals 1 (56-48) – Chicago Cubs 0 (42-61)

Miami Marlins 4 (51-53) – Houston Astros 2 (42-63)

Minnesota Twins 4 (47-57) – Chicago White Sox 3 (51-55)

Cleveland Indians 10 (52-53) – Kanas City Royals 3 (53-51)

New York Mets 2 (50-55) – Milwaukee Brewers 0 (59-47)

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2 (63-41) – Detroit Tigers 1 (57-45)

Baltimore Orioles 3 (58-46) – Seattle Mariners 2 (54-51) – 10 Innings

Atlanta Braves 8 (57-48) – San Diego Padres 3 (46-58)

Pittsburgh Pirates 7 (55-49) – Colorado Rockies 5 (43-61)

Oakland Athletics 9 (65-39) – Texas Rangers 3 (41-64) 

Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (59-47) – San Francisco Giants 3 (57-48)

NASCAR: Sprint Cup Series: Jeff Gordon won the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/26/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/26/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Toronto Blue Jays 6 (55-50) – New York Yankees 4 (54-49)

Cincinnati Reds 1 (52-51) – Washington Nationals 0 (56-45)

Seattle Mariners 4 (54-50) – Baltimore Orioles 3 (57-46)

St. Louis Cardinals 6 (55-48) – Chicago Cubs 3 (42-60)

Chicago White Sox 7 (51-54) – Minnesota Twins 0 (46-57)

Milwaukee Brewers 5 (59-46) – New York Mets 2 (49-55)

Tampa Bay Rays 3 (51-53) – Boston Red Sox 0 (47-57)

Miami Marlins 7 (50-53) – Houston Astros 3 (42-62)

Oakland Athletics 5 (64-39) – Texas Rangers 1 (41-63)

Colorado Rockies 8 (43-60) – Pittsburgh Pirates 1 (54-49)

Atlanta Braves 5 (56-48) – San Diego Padres 3 (46-57)

Kansas City Royals 7 (53-50) – Cleveland Indians 5 (51-53)

Arizona Diamondbacks 10 (45-59) – Philadelphia Phillies 6 (45-59) – 10 Innings

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 4 (62-41) – Detroit Tigers 0 (57-44)

Los Angeles Dodgers 5 (58-47) – San Francisco Giants 0 (57-47)

NASCAR: Nationwide Series: Ty Dillon took home his first career victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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ESPN: Giants Acquire Starting Pitcher Jake Peavy from the Red Sox

ESPN: Giants Acquire Starting Pitcher Jake Peavy from the Red Sox

Tom Szczerbowksi/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — One of the best teams in the National League has gotten a little bit better as ESPN and other outlets are reporting that the Boston Red Sox have traded starting pitcher Jake Peavy to the San Francisco Giants.

In return, the Red Sox will receive prospects Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree

This marks the second time in as many seasons that the former National League Cy Young winner has been traded. Last season, the Red Sox received Peavy from the Chicago White Sox to help bolster their rotation.

The 33-year-old Peavy is not the pitcher he once was, but going back to the National Leauge where he started his career could be just what he needs.

In 20 starts this season, Peavy is just 1-9 with a 4.72 ERA and a WHIP of 1.43.

Peavy will now go from a team in the Red Sox that will struggle to get back to the postseason this year, to a Giants team that is currently in first place in the NL West.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/25/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/25/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Chicago Cubs 7 (42-59) – St. Louis Cardinals 6 (54-48)

New York Yankees 6 (54-48) – Toronto Blue Jays 4 (54-50)

Tampa Bay Rays 6 (50-53) – Boston Red Sox 4 (47-56)

Washington Nationals 4 (56-44) – Cincinnati Reds 1 (51-51)

Philadelphia Philles 9 (45-58) – Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (44-59)

San Diego Padres 5 (46-56) – Atlanta Braves 2 (55-48)

Texas Rangers 4 (41-62) – Oakland Athletics 1 (63-39)

Chicago White Sox 9 (50-54) – Minnesota Twins 5 (46-56)

New York Mets 3 (49-54) – Milwaukee Brewers 2 (58-46)

Kansas City Royals 6 (52-50) – Cleveland Indians 4 (51-52)

Miami Marlins 2 (49-53) – Houston Astros 0 (42-61)

Colorado Rockies 8 (42-60) – Pittsburgh Pirates 1 (54-48)

Los Angeles Angels 2 (61-41) – Detroit Tigers 1 (57-43)

Baltimore Orioles 2 (57-45) – Seattle Mariners 1 (53-50) – 10 Innings

Los Angeles Dodgers 8 (57-47) – San Francisco Giants 1 (57-46)

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Athletics Designate Closer Jim Johnson for Assignment

Athletics Designate Closer Jim Johnson for Assignment

Sarah Glenn/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — The Jim Johnson experiment is over in Oakland as the Athletics have designated the former All-Star for assignment.

Johnson was the team’s big offseason addition this past offseason in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles.

Johnson, who was paid $10 million this season, had been one of the best closers in baseball the past two seasons. He saved 101 games from 2012-2013 in Baltimore.

This season was entirely different for the 31-year-old Johnson. In 38 games with the Athletics, Johnson was 4-2 with a 7.14 ERA and a WHIP of 2.06.

His last appearance with the team came on Wednesday when he gave up four earned runs without recording an out. His allowed eight earned runs total his last three appearances in just 2.0 innings of work.

Despite the struggles of Johnson, the Athletics are one of the best teams in all of baseball. At 63-38, they hold the best record in baseball.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/24/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/24/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Philadelphia Philles 2 (44-58) – San Francisco Giants 1 (57-45)

Toronto Blue Jays 8 (54-49) – Boston Red Sox 0 (47-55)

New York Yankees 4 (53-48) – Texas Rangers 2 (40-62)

Oakland Athletics 13 (63-38) – Houston Astros 1 (42-60)

Miami Marlins 3 (48-53) – Atlanta Braves 2 (55-47)

Milwaukee Brewers 9 (58-45) – New York Mets 1 (48-54)

Chicago White Sox 5 (49-54) – Minnesota Twins 2 (46-55)

San Diego Padres 13 (45-56) – Chicago Cubs 3 (41-59)

Kansas City Royals 2 (51-50) – Cleveland Indians 1 (51-51) – 14 Innings

Baltimore Orioles 4 (56-45) – Seattle Mariners 0 (53-49)

Detroit Tigers 6 (57-42) – Los Angeles Angels 4 (60-41)

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Rangers Trade Closer Joakim Soria to the Tigers

Rangers Trade Closer Joakim Soria to the Tigers

Ed Zurga/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The back end of the Detroit Tigers bull pen just got a whole lot stronger as the team has acquired closer Joakim Soria from the Texas Rangers.

“I’m going to a new team, and that’s going to be my new family and I will do whatever they want me to do,” Soria said of the Tigers. “I want to help them win the World Series — that’s what this is all about — and I hope to help them out as much as I can.”

Despite the recent trade, Tigers closer Joe Nathan is expected to remain the team’s closer, for now.After a hot start to the season, Nathan has struggled mightily recently. He has 20 saves this season, but also has a bloated ERA of 5.89 and has blown five saves.

Soria may not have been the dominant closer he was while he was a member of the Kansas City Royals, but he’s still an above-average reliever who is capable of closing out games. In 35 games this season, Soria is 1-3 with a 2.70 ERA with 17 saves.

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Padres’ Outfielder Cameron Maybin Suspended 25 Games

Padres’ Outfielder Cameron Maybin Suspended 25 Games

Rich Pilling/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In the midst of a disappointing season, San Diego Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin has been suspended 25 games after testing positive for amphetamines.

“I have been undergoing treatment for several years for a medical condition, Attention Deficit Disorder, for which I previously had a Therapeutic Use Exemption,” Maybin said in a statement. “Unfortunately, in my attempts to switch back to a medicine that had been previously OK’d, I neglected to follow all the rules and as a result I tested positive.”

Maybin was once considered one of the best young prospects in baseball not too long ago, but never fully reached his potential. In 62 games this season, the 27-year-old Maybin is hitting .247 with one home run and drove in nine runs.

The Padres signed Maybin to a five-year, $25 million contract extension in March 2012, but he’s had trouble staying on the field in terms of durability and production.

The team has added outfielder Jeff Francoeur from their Triple-A El Paso club to replace Maybin.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/23/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/23/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Minnesota Twins 3 (46-54) – Cleveland Indians 1 (51-50)

Milwaukee Brewers 5 (57-45) – Cincinnati Reds 1 (51-50)

Kansas City Royals 2 (50-50) – Chicago White Sox 1 (48-54)

Colorado Rockies 6 (41-60) – Washington Nationals 4 (55-44)

New York Mets 3 (48-53) – Seattle Mariners 2 (53-48)

Detroit Tigers 11 (56-42) – Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (44-58)

Pittsburgh Pirates 6 (54-47) – Los Angeles Dodgers 1 (56-47)

Atlanta Braves 6 (55-46) – Miami Marlins 1 (47-53)

Toronto Blue Jays 6 (53-49) – Boston Red Sox 4 (47-54)

Tampa Bay Rays 3 (49-53) – St. Louis Cardinals 0 (54-57)

San Diego Padres 8 (44-56) – Chicago Cubs 3 (41-58) 

New York Yankees 2 (52-48) – Texas Rangers 1 (40-61) – Final in 5 Innings due to rain

Los Angeles Angels 3 (60-40) – Baltimore Orioles 2 (55-45)

Oakland Athletics 9 (62-38) – Houston Astros 7 (42-59)

 

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Indians Recall Danny Salazar

Indians Recall Danny Salazar

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) — Pitching prospect Danny Salazar has been recalled by the Cleveland Indians.

The Indians wasted no time getting Salazar on the mound, giving him the start in Tuesday night’s 8 to 2 win over the Minnesota Twins.

Salazar was sharp, throwing five innings, giving up one run, walking three while striking out six.

The team had high hopes for the 24-year-old this season after he started 10 games last season pitching 52 innings, with a 3.12 ERA, striking out 65 batters while walking only 15. But Salazar wasn’t as sharp and was sent to Triple-A Columbus on May 16 after starting eight games, during which he compiled a 1-4 record, 5.53 ERA, and a 1.62 WHIP.

To make room for Salazar the Indians optioned reliever C.C. Lee to Columbus.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/22/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/22/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Toronto Blue Jays 7 (52-49) – Boston Red Sox 3 (47-53)

Miami Marlins 6 (47-52) – Atlanta Braves 5 (54-46)

Chicago Cubs 6 (41-57) – San Diego Padres 0 (43-56)

Pittsburgh Pirates 12 (53-47) – Los Angeles Dodgers 7 (56-46)

Milwaukee Brewers 4 (56-45) – Cincinnati Reds 3 (51-49)

Cleveland Indians 8 (51-49) – Minnesota Twins 2 (45-54)

Tampa Bay Rays 7 (48-53) – St. Louis Cardinals 2 (54-46) 

Kansas City Royals 7 (49-50) – Chicago White Sox 1 (48-53)

New York Yankees 2 (51-48) – Texas Rangers 1 (40-60) – 14 Innings

Washington Nationals 7 (55-43) – Colorado Rockies 4 (40-60)

San Francisco Giants  9 (56-44) – Philadelphia Phillies 6 (43-57) – 14 Innings

Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (44-37) – Detroit Tigers 4 (44-57)

New York Mets 3 (47-53) – Seattle Mariners 1 (53-47)

Baltimore Orioles 4 (55-44) – Los Angeles Angels 2 (59-40)

Houston Astros 3 (42-58) – Oakland Athletics 2 (61-38) – 12 Innings

 

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Dan Uggla Signs with Giants

Dan Uggla Signs with Giants

Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Just three days after being released by the Atlanta Braves, Dan Uggla signed a minor-league contract with the San Francisco Giants on Monday. The second baseman reported to Triple-A Fresno upon signing the deal.

“This is a chance for us to take a look at him and evaluate him, and a chance for him to go down and get his timing and get some playing time,” said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. “At some point we’re going to have to make a call. I can’t say he’s going to be up here in the next few days, no. He needs some playing time right now.”

A three-time All-Star, Uggla was in his fourth season with Atlanta, but was hitting an abysmal .162 with just 10 RBI and two home runs in 48 games. The 34-year-old struck out 495 times in 451 games with the Braves from 2011-13 while also putting together a franchise record 33-game hitting streak.

Uggla underwent eye surgery last summer and was left off the Braves postseason roster before being reinserted in Spring Training.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/21/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/21/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Boston Red Sox 14 (47-52) – Toronto Blue Jays 1 (51-49)

Los Angeles Dodgers 5 (56-45) – Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (52-47)

San Francisco Giants 7 (55-44) – Philadelphia Phillies 4 (43-56)

Texas Rangers 4 (40-59) – New York Yankees 2 (50-48)

Miami Marlins 3 (46-52) – Atlanta Braves 1 (54-45) – 10 Innings

Chicago White Sox 3 (48-52) – Kansas City Royals 1 (48-50)

Milwaukee Brewers 5 (55-45) – Cincinnati Reds 2 (51-48)

Minnesota Twins 4 (45-53) – Cleveland Indians 3 (50-49)

Washington Nationals 7 (54-43) – Colorado Rockies 2 (40-59) 

Detroit Tigers 4 (55-41) – Arizona Diamondbacks 3 (43-56)

Seattle Mariners 5 (53-46) – New York Mets 2 (46-53)

Baltimore Orioles 4 (54-44) – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2 (59-39)

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Colby Lewis Angry After Bunt from Colby Rasmus

Colby Lewis Angry After Bunt from Colby Rasmus

Texas Rangers/MLB (NEW YORK) –  They may share the same first name, but Texas Rangers starting pitcher Colby Lewis and Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus have two entirely different opinions on what transpired during the 5th inning of Saturday’s contest between their respective teams.

Lewis and Rasmus exchanged words after Rasmus laid down a bunt single with two outs and the Blue Jays leading 2-0.  The Rangers were playing the shift, but Lewis still wasn’t too pleased with Rasmus’ decision to bunt.

“I told [Rasmus] I didn’t appreciate it,” Lewis told MLB.com. “You’re up by two runs with two outs and you lay down a bunt. I don’t think that’s the way the game should be played.”

After the contest, Rasmus said he was not sure why Lewis would take offense to his decision to lay down a bunt.

“I’m just trying to help my team and he didn’t like it — so sorry about it,” Rasmus said to MLB.com. “I’m not here to try to please the other side, I’m here to help my team, and I had an opportunity where I could, and I took advantage of it.”

Lewis took the loss for the Rangers Sunday and fell to 6-7 on the year.  Rasmus is hitting just .223 for the Blue Jays this season.

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