Ryan Howard has officially been benched by the Phillies HardballTalk (Aaron Gleeman) — Jim Salisbury of reported yesterday that the Phillies have considered releasing struggling first baseman Ryan Howard with more than $60 million remaining on his contract and today is the day it becomes totally clear that the former MVP has been benched.
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One man’s rankings of all 30 major league ballparks HardballTalk (Craig Calcaterra) — And they're pretty darn good.
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Ten years ago today the Alex Rodriguez-Jason Varitek brawl changed the narrative of the Sox-Yankees rivalry HardballTalk (Craig Calcaterra) — It was one moment in a typical benches-clearing brawl, but oh what a moment it was.
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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights HardballTalk (Craig Calcaterra) — The Rays stay hot, the Yankees get an assist from Mother Nature and Mike Moustakas showed us how to jar a bar loose from the catcher's mitt without breaking the home plate collision rules.
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Reds' backups Ramon Santiago and Brayan Pena team up for defensive gem Big League Stew (Mark Townsend) — Your browser does not support iframes. The Cincinnati Reds were digging deep into the depth chart on Wednesday afternoon to field a nine player lineup against the first-place Milwaukee Brewers. In addition to missing former All-Stars and Gold Glove winners Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips at first base and second base respectively, they were also without starting shortstop Zack Cosart, who's...
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Hunter Pences overslides second base during hilarious baserunning blunder Big League Stew (Mark Townsend) — San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence is a bundle of energy every time he's on the field. On Wednesday night in Philadelphia — one of his former baseball homes — he perhaps had a little too much energy built up, and at one critical point during the game that led to a hilarious baserunning blunder. With the game scoreless in the eighth inning, Pence attempted to manufacture a scoring...
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The Grand Slam: Bartolo Colon carries perfect game bid into seventh inning Big League Stew (Mark Townsend) — Your browser does not support iframes. In what could possibly be his final start in a New York Mets uniform, Bartolo Colon gave interested teams plenty of motivation to make a deal for his services. The 41-year-old right-hander retired each of the first 20 Seattle Mariners he faced on Wednesday afternoon before Robinson Cano busted up the perfect game bid with a single. Colon ended up...
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Toughest jobs in sports: Publicist for Alex Rodriguez Big League Stew (Jeff Eisenberg) — This is the fourth of eight entries in a Yahoo Sports series on the toughest jobs in sports. Click here to check out previous stories and a schedule for what's to come. Ask folks in the sports business industry which once-popular athlete's reputation would be toughest for a public relations specialist to repair, and one fallen star's name comes up more often than any other. Not...
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Cespedes Hits 2 HRs, A's Hold Off Astros 9-7

NY Times: Bats (By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) — Yoenis Cespedes homered twice and tied a career high with five RBIs before leaving with an apparent right thumb injury, and the Oakland Athletics held off the Houston Astros 9-7 on Wednesday night.
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Angels Beat O's on Bases-Loaded Walk in 8th

NY Times: Bats (By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) — Kole Calhoun drew a bases-loaded walk from reliever Brian Matusz in the eighth inning after a tying RBI double by Erick Aybar, and the Los Angeles Angels pulled out a 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night.
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Yankees Top Rangers 2-1 in Rain-Shortened Game

NY Times: Bats (By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) — A wet field gave the New York Yankees one weird win.
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Kennedy Pitches Around 5 Walks in Padres Win

NY Times: Bats (By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) — Tommy Medica hit a go-ahead RBI double in the fifth inning, Ian Kennedy pitched six strong innings, and the San Diego Padres beat the Chicago Cubs 8-3 on Wednesday night.
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Rangers trade reliever Joakim Soria to Tigers Tim Brown (Tim Brown) — Vulnerable in the late innings, the Detroit Tigers agreed to acquire veteran reliever Joakim Soria from the Texas Rangers in exchange for two young pitchers.
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Tigers add bullpen reinforcements, acquire Rangers' closer Joakim Soria Big League Stew (Mark Townsend) — The Detroit Tigers hold a comfortable 6 1/2 game lead in the AL Central - which is the largest for any division leader in either league - yet their fans rarely feel comfortable holding a lead in the late innings thanks to a very shaky bullpen. On Wednesday, they finally made a move to address that issue by acquiring Texas Rangers closer Joakim Soria. Kyle Bogenschutz of 97.1 The Ticket ...
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