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Clayton Kershaw completed a spectacular June with 13 strikeouts during seven innings of five-hit ball, and Andre Ethier hit a three-run homer in the Los Angeles Dodgers ' 6-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.
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Clayton Kershaw is hands down the best pitcher in MLB right now! He's locked in a zone right now that very few pitchers ever reach where he's almost unhittable! 

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Despite injuries, college hurlers in MLB Draft still strong

Despite injuries, college hurlers in MLB Draft still strong | MLB News and Notes | Scoop.it
A deep pool of college pitchers has been dinged up a bit, but while two of the top members of this year's Draft class have needed Tommy John surgery, there's still a good amount of talent to be had for teams who prefer advanced college arms.
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Pitcher's having to have the dreaded "Tommy John" surgery has become a problem at all levels in recent years. Why have we seen such an increase in this type of injury? 

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Ivan Nova hits disabled list with partially torn UCL

Ivan Nova hits disabled list with partially torn UCL | MLB News and Notes | Scoop.it
Yankees starter Ivan Nova has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow.
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Free agent Santana reportedly nearing deal

Free agent Santana reportedly nearing deal | MLB News and Notes | Scoop.it
Ervin Santana, the top starter remaining on the free-agent market, has reportedly agreed to a one-year, $14 million deal with the Blue Jays.
BeltwayBoy Sports's insight:

This guy could help a lot of teams out there in need of pitching! I know the draft pick that a team must give up for signing him has been an issue for some teams. But I say screw it if you're close to being a legit contender then sign him! 

 

He's a solid veteran that can give you a chance to win every time he takes the mound.

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Baltimore Orioles To Sign Ubaldo Jimenez

Baltimore Orioles To Sign Ubaldo Jimenez | MLB News and Notes | Scoop.it
The Orioles have agreed to terms with free agent starter Ubaldo Jimenez, pending physical, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). It was recently reported by MASNsports.com's Roch Kubatko that the sides were nearing agreement, with the terms believed to be in the range of four-years and $48MM. Promising a fourth year was necessary, tweets Kubatko, due to interest from multiple other AL East clubs, including the Blue Jays. The 30-year-old Jimenez, a client of Relativity Baseball, brings substantial upside along with a somewhat rocky history of production. As MLBTR's Steve Adams detailed in his profile of Jimenez before...
BeltwayBoy Sports's insight:

They needed to do something and this is a decent move considering that Spring Training has already started. But I think owner Peter Angelos needs to quit being a scrooge and open up his checkbook to build a serious World Series contender for Orioles fans! 

 

They actually have many parts already, but the owner seems unwilling to go the extra mile to complete the job. He seems content with the team being a Wildcard contender, but fans deserve more than that in my opinion.

 

I'm not knocking the team in Baltimore because they have enough talent to be in the mix, but not enough to take the next step.

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Matt Williams praises Strasburg's work on slide step

Matt Williams praises Strasburg's work on slide step | MLB News and Notes | Scoop.it
Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg had his first bullpen session in front of Matt Williams on Sunday, and impressed his manager as he worked on his slide step and varied his looks toward home plate.
BeltwayBoy Sports's insight:

Sounds like the Washington Nationals are gearing up for a big season under first year manager Matt Williams! I'm glad to see Stephen Strasburg working on holding runners better. That has been a problem for a few Nats pitchers in recent seasons.

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Philadelphia Phillies, A.J. Burnett agree to one-year, $16 million contract

Philadelphia Phillies, A.J. Burnett agree to one-year, $16 million contract | MLB News and Notes | Scoop.it
The Phillies have bolstered their rotation by agreeing to terms with veteran right-hander A.J. Burnett for 2014.
BeltwayBoy Sports's insight:

A decent move by the Phillies, but I'm surprised he wasn't able to reach a deal to remain in Pittsburgh. He may be getting up there in age, but th guy can still help a team win ballgames. 

 

This move still isn't going to get the Philles over the hump in the N.L. East, but he does improve their starting rotation.                                                    

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Nats to sign righty Luis Ayala

Nats to sign righty Luis Ayala | MLB News and Notes | Scoop.it
The Nationals and right-hander Luis Ayala have reached a contract agreement, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
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A decent move.

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Milwaukee Brewers complete four-year deal with Matt Garza

Milwaukee Brewers complete four-year deal with Matt Garza | MLB News and Notes | Scoop.it
On Sunday afternoon, shortly after Brewers owner Mark Attanasio confirmed that Milwaukee is in agreement on a four-year contract with right-hander Matt Garza, the club issued a press release stating the deal is official, providing clarity following...
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A good signing for the Brewers, but they need to do more before they can think about contending in the N.L. Central.

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Los Angeles Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw agree to seven-year, $215M deal

Los Angeles Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw agree to seven-year, $215M deal | MLB News and Notes | Scoop.it
Clayton Kershaw has agreed to a seven-year, $215 million deal with the Dodgers, which includes an opt-out clause for Kershaw after five seasons.
BeltwayBoy Sports's insight:

What a huge deal, but he is the best pitcher in MLB and only 25 years old with two Cy Young awards already! Plus if has a chance at getting another monster deal at age 30 if he opts out after the fifth year of this deal. If he stays healthy I think he will opt out and cash in again.

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Derek Holland to miss start of season after knee surgery

Derek Holland to miss start of season after knee surgery | MLB News and Notes | Scoop.it
Rangers pitcher Derek Holland underwent surgery to repair torn cartilage behind his left kneecap on Friday and is expected to be out until midseason.
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A tough blow to the Texas Rangers pitching staff, but at least he will return at some point during the season!

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2014 MLB Hall Of Fame Voting Results | BeltwayBoy Sports

2014 MLB Hall Of Fame Voting Results | BeltwayBoy Sports | MLB News and Notes | Scoop.it

The 2014 Hall of Fame ballot featured 36 candidates, with 17

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Angel Rosario's curator insight, January 15, 2014 6:54 PM

2014 Hall of Fame Class of 2014, all well deserved. I remember watching all three perform as a kid.

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ESPN's 2014 Hall of Fame ballot

ESPN's 2014 Hall of Fame ballot | MLB News and Notes | Scoop.it
ESPN's 17 Hall of Fame voters would elect Craig Biggio, Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux and Frank Thomas to be part of the Class of 2014.
BeltwayBoy Sports's insight:

I think pitcher Jack Morris should be in the Hall-Of-Fame! I'm not sure why this guy has been left out, but it's total B.$. in my opinion!

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Hall of Famer Gwynn passes away at 54

Hall of Famer Gwynn passes away at 54 | MLB News and Notes | Scoop.it
Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, the greatest Padres player and arguably the best Major League hitter of the latter part of the 20th century, has died. Gwynn, who was 54, had been battling salivary gland cancer.
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Stunning news of Tony Gwynn's passing. RIP Tony Gywnn 

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Nationals place Gio Gonzalez on DL with shoulder injury

Nationals place Gio Gonzalez on DL with shoulder injury | MLB News and Notes | Scoop.it
Nationals All-Star starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez has hit the disabled list due to inflammation in his left shoulder.
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A tough break for the Nats.

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Stephen Strasburg’s solid second start — and other notes

Stephen Strasburg’s solid second start — and other notes | MLB News and Notes | Scoop.it
The right-hander allowed one run over three innings and induced two double plays.
BeltwayBoy Sports's insight:

I like the fact that Stephen Strasburg's adding another pitch to his arsenal and working on holding runners better. I look for him to have a breakout season if he can stay healthy and make 32 or so starts! The offense needs to provide him with better run support this season! Last year the team scored 2 runs or fewer in 16 of his 30 starts.

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Masahiro Tanaka looks strong in Yankees debut

Masahiro Tanaka looks strong in Yankees debut | MLB News and Notes | Scoop.it
Yankee import Masahiro Tanaka faced the Phillies in Grapefruit League play on Saturday. It was his MLB debut.
BeltwayBoy Sports's insight:

So far so good for the Yankees! I think the guy will be fine, but there's going to be some bumps along the way as he transitions to the American game. 

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Grady Sizemore passing early tests in comeback attempt

Grady Sizemore passing early tests in comeback attempt | MLB News and Notes | Scoop.it
Grady Sizemore's Spring Training has gotten off to an uneventful start, and that's exactly the way he wants it. Chances are, if Sizemore was a newsmaker at this point of camp, it would have been because he sustained another injury.
BeltwayBoy Sports's insight:

This guy was one of the best players in MLB at one point, but injuries robbed him. I'm rooting for him to make the Boston Red Sox this season, but not sure if his body will hold up.

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Washington Nationals using aerial drone to record footage of spring training

Washington Nationals using aerial drone to record footage of spring training | MLB News and Notes | Scoop.it
The Nationals are using a drone to fly over their spring training complex and record footage of their workouts for use on the scoreboard at Nationals Park this summer.
BeltwayBoy Sports's insight:

Technology and sports are a wild mix these days, but if it can help a team prepare better than I'm all for it. The goal is to win all the games you can and if it will help my Nats to win a World Series then every team will have one flying overhead next spring!

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Reports: Jim Fregosi taken off life support after multiple strokes

Reports: Jim Fregosi taken off life support after multiple strokes | MLB News and Notes | Scoop.it
Former player and manager Jim Fregosi has been taken off life support in a Miami hospital after suffering multiple strokes, per reports.
BeltwayBoy Sports's insight:

Always sad to hear this type of news, I hope he can find a way to overcome this. I know the situation looks grim, but it ain't over till it's over and miracles do happen. Keep fighting Coach!

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Russell Wilson wants to attend Texas Rangers' spring training

Russell Wilson wants to attend Texas Rangers' spring training | MLB News and Notes | Scoop.it
Instead of relishing his franchise's first Super Bowl, Russell Wilson is planning on attending spring training with the Texas Rangers.
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He's not going anywhere and will be playing football in the great northwest for the next 10-15 years! He's not going to do very much when he visits the Rangers so this shouldn't even be a story!

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Brewers: No deal yet with Matt Garza, talks ongoing

Brewers: No deal yet with Matt Garza, talks ongoing | MLB News and Notes | Scoop.it
Free agent starting pitcher Matt Garza may or may not be close a to a deal with the Brewers.
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A-Rod sues MLB, union to overturn drug ban

A-Rod sues MLB, union to overturn drug ban | MLB News and Notes | Scoop.it
There's little quit in Alex Rodriguez's effor to overturn a year-long suspension
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This guy is a total joke and I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired of hearing about this steroid cheater! 

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Nationals and Stephen Strasburg agree to a one-year deal, avoiding arbitration

Nationals and Stephen Strasburg agree to a one-year deal, avoiding arbitration | MLB News and Notes | Scoop.it
The Nationals and right-handed starter Stephen Strasburg have agreed to a one-year, $3.975 million deal with performance bonuses, avoiding arbitration. The report comes to us from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
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Angel Rosario's curator insight, January 15, 2014 6:53 PM

Strasburg is on a short leesh, due to his arm issues. So agrees for one year deal.

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Greg Maddux will not be the first unanimous Hall of Fame inductee

Greg Maddux will not be the first unanimous Hall of Fame inductee | MLB News and Notes | Scoop.it
It's official: Greg Maddux will not be the first unanimous Hall of Fame inductee in history. At least one writer did not vote for him.
BeltwayBoy Sports's insight:

This is total B.$ in my opinion! Greg Maddux shouldn't get left off the guy's ballot because of the era he played in! The guy was never linked, mentioned, accused or associated with anything that had to do with steroids during his career. He deserves to be on everyone's ballot. 

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