MLB In Full Bloom - Goldschmidt Gone for 2014 - 8/4/2014

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It's been a forgettable season for the Arizona Diamondbacks this season and on Saturday night it turned into a nightmare one for the Diamondbacks. Pinch-hitting in a game his team was losing 9-4, Paul Goldschmidt took an Ernesto Frieri fastball off his left hand during Friday's game, sustaining a fracture and likely ending the first baseman's season. With an eight-week recovery period, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said Goldschmidt's season is "realistically" over. With the Diamondback's season down the drain and Goldschmidt representing one of the lone bright spots in the desert, there is no reason to push Goldschmidt to come back for a few games at the end of September. If Goldschmidt's season is truly over, it was yet another strong season for the 26-year-old. He batted .300 with 39 doubles, 19 home runs, 69 RBI, 79 runs scored and nine stolen bases in 109 games. He was well on his way to a third straight 20-homer, 10-steal season before Friday's disaster.

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Chris Tillman threw seven scoreless innings as the Orioles shut out the Mariners 1-0 on Sunday. He allowed just four singles on the afternoon, striking out six in the win. It's hard to believe the victory was his first since June 27 despite owning an 8-5 record and 3.78 ERA. The right-hander will look to earn another win when he faces the Cardinals on Friday.
  • Danny Santana went 5-for-6 with four RBI and two runs scored in the Twins' 16-3 victory over the White Sox on Sunday. Santana had a two-run double in the sixth inning, and he had both a run-scoring triple and an RBI single in the Twins' nine-run eighth inning. Santana also stole two bases in the game, giving him eight on the season. He is now is hitting .325 this season.
  • Andrew McCutchen (oblique) grabbed his side after a swing and left the game. He said after Sunday's game that X-rays on his side came back negative. McCutchen initially thought he was cramping, but the injury may be something more serious, and the Pirates expect to know more today. The negative X-rays don't mean much, as McCutchen's likely dealing with a muscular issue.
  • Matt Garza (oblique) was in complete control on Sunday as he allowed just one hit on 71 pitches against the Cardinals lineup through six innings. But when Garza's spot came up in the top of the seventh inning, it was pinch-hitter Lyle Overbay not Garza, who stepped to the plate. Garza suffered a left oblique strain in the game, but the right-hander said the injury isn't as bad as the one he sustained while a member of the Cubs last year. It's unclear how much time this injury may force him to miss.
  • Masahiro Tanaka¬†(elbow) will test his injured right elbow today. He will play catch from roughly 60 feet. He will not be throwing his splitter or any other pitch. This is his first game of catch since he received a platelet-rich plasma injection on July 14 in the hope that he could avoid Tommy John surgery for a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament.
  • The Detroit Tigers became the first team since 2006 to score in every inning of a game. The Tigers pounded the Rockies on Saturday 11-5and in the process they scored in all eight of their offensive innings. Since it was a home game, the Tigers didn't have to bat in the ninth. The last team to do it was the New York Yankees in April 2006 against the Toronto Blue Jays.
  • Jim Thome officially retired on Saturday after he signed a one-day contract with the Cleveland Indians. As recently as May, Thome was reported to be staying in shape in case the phone rang, but that call never came. The Indians unveiled an 8-foot statue of the former slugger who finishes with 612 home runs. Thome will be eligible for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2018, and the Indians would certainly be the natural choice for the cap on his inevitable plaque.

MLB In Full Bloom - Carlos Santana Continues To Surge - 7/28/2014

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Carlos Santana continued his two-month surge over the weekend as he capped it all off with a two-homer, four RBI game against the Royals on Sunday. In his last seven games, Santana went 15-for-27 with six home runs, 10 RBI, eight runs scored and he even added a stolen base. That brilliance included five home runs during the four-game series with the Royals. In the series, Santana went 9-for-14 with five walks and reached base in 15 of his 20 plate appearances. In the season's first two months, Santana was ice cold combining for a .159 BA over his first 50 games. That stretch was punctuated with a concussion Santana suffered from taking a foul tip off his mask in late May, keeping him out for nine games. Santana returned to the lineup on June 6th and hit .308 last month and in June while playing primarily first base. July is shaping up to be his best month yet. After Sunday's game, Santana has eight home runs and 18 RBI through 23 games this month, and five of his six multi-hit games have come within the past week. After Sunday, Santana's season batting average is up to .232.

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Josh Harrison had a monster day on Sunday afternoon in Colorado as he went 4-for-6 with a home run, two RBI, two runs scored and two stolen bases in the Pirates' 7-5 victory over the Rockies. Harrison was 5-for-27 since the All-Star break before Sunday's performance. He's now hitting .294 with six homers and 13 stolen bases this year.
  • John Jaso went 2-for-5 and drove home three runs on Sunday as the Athletics earned a 9-3 victory over the Rangers in Texas. Jaso has been one of the better offensive catchers in the American League this season, slashing .286 with eight homers and 38 RBI.
  • Hyun-Jin Ryu picked up his 12th victory of the season on Sunday as he allowed three runs on six hits over his six innings of work. Ryu racked up seven strikeouts on the night while walking just one. The Giants got single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings against the left-hander. The last one on a solo blast by Buster Posey. Ryu will carry a 3.44 ERA into his next start against the Cubs.
  • Jose Altuve went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and a stolen base in Sunday's loss to Miami. The home run was Altuve's fourth of the season and the stolen base was his 42nd. The 24-year-old second baseman leads MLB in hits (148), batting average (.344), multi-hit games (46) and three-hit games (18).
  • Jedd Gyorko (foot) was activated by the Padres from the 15-day disabled list today. Gyorko wound up missing close to two months with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. He has batted just .162 in 221 plate appearances before the injury, but the second baseman is capable of much better now that he is healthy.
  • Starling Marte is eligible to return from the 7-day concussion disabled list on Wednesday, but it appears that he is still experiencing concussion symptoms. According to Pirates GM Neal Huntington, Marte has had very good stretches, but hasn't felt quite right other times. The Pittsburgh GM added that the longer Marte remains out, the better the chance he will need a rehab assignment. Marte was hit by a Jamey Wright fastball July 18 and last played three days thereafter before heading to the disabled list.
  • After snapping a 17-game losing streak on Saturday in the Bronx, the Toronto Blue Jays won their first series against the Yankees in New York on Sunday in two years. The Blue Jays won for the seventh time in 10 games following the All-Star break. But their first series win in New York against the AL East rival since Aug. 27-29, 2012.
  • Greg Maddux was enshrined into the Hall of Fame on Sunday along with Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas, Joe Torre, Tony LaRussa, and Bobby Cox. Maddux's career was one of the best in the history of baseball. Without ranking him, I think few would argue he's not among the 10 best pitchers in history. In 1985, Maddux's second pro season after being selected in the second round, he was 13-9 with a 3.19 ERA for Class A Peoria. After the season, Cubs scout Duffy Dyer submitted a scouting report to the organization that he is "not strong enough to be a starter." In the comments, it notes that he "ran out of gas" and didn't pitch well in the last third of the season. Not that it mattered, Maddux pitched very well in Double-A and Triple-A the next season, earning a trip to the majors. He was an All-Star for the first time in 1988 and won his first Cy Young in 1992.

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