MLB In Full Bloom - Tulowitzki's Season Is Over - 8/14/2014

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Troy Tulowitzki is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery for a labrum injury in his left hip on Friday. The Rockies made the announcement late Wednesday night that their star shortstop will miss the remaining 42 games on the Rockies schedule. Tulo was putting himself in a nice position for his first National League MVP prior to injuring his hip on a groundout in late July and was placed on the 15-day disabled list. He owns a .340 batting average with 21 home runs, 52 RBI, and 71 runs scored in 91 games. Josh Rutledge will finish out the season as the Rockies’ primary shortstop. Unfortunately, the hits just keep on coming for Tulo and the Rockies and this injury continues a trend that clearly he is unable to stay healthy as he played in just 91 games this season, which is his second lowest total since becoming an everyday player in 2007. He has played in 150 games a season just twice in his career in 2007 and 2009 and both years the Rockies made the playoffs.

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  • Carlos Gonzalez (knee) is probably done for the season along with Troy Tulowitzki. CarGo underwent a follow-up MRI on his left knee earlier this week and the news wasn't good there was more irritation in his knee than there was when Cargo had an MRI earlier this year. There's no reason at this point for the Rockies to push it with him since they are out of contention. Gonzalez played in just 70 games this year.
  • Ervin Santana allowed just two runs over six innings and improved to 12-6 on Wednesday against the Dodgers. Santana and the Braves behind 2-0 after allowing a pair of runs in the second, but he was able to keep the Dodgers scoreless from there. He allowed eight hits, walked two and struck out nine in the effort. Now with a 3.66 ERA, Santana will look to keep it going when he takes on the Pirates on the road next Monday.
  • Rymer Liriano hit his first major league home run in the Padres' win over the Rockies on Wednesday. He made his big league debut on Monday, and hit his first career big league home run in his third game. The home run hit the top of the fourth inning was a blast that landed at the top of the Western Metal Supply Company building at Petco Park. Liriano has an impressive set of tools and he has already been putting them on display in his first 12 plate appearances.
  • Adam Jones hit a tie-breaking three-run home run in the eighth inning and the Orioles came back to grab victory out of the Yankees' hands on Wednesday. Jonathan Schoop tied the game with a solo home run earlier in the eighth inning, and Jones knocked in three with his homer to left-center with two outs in the inning. It was Jones' only hit in four at-bats. He owns a .287 BA with 23 home runs and 75 RBI on the year.
  • Justin Masterson threw seven shutout innings on Wednesday as the Cardinals' got a 5-2 victory over the Marlins. This was a bit of a surprise after the right-hander struggled mightily in his first two starts after being traded to St. Louis. Masterson allowed only three Miami singles and did not walk a batter while inducing 15 groundball outs. Masterson will face the Reds at home for his next start.
  • The new MLB home plate collision rule, 7.13, erupted in controversy again in San Francisco in a game between the White Sox and the Giants. With runners on first and third, the Giants' Joe Panik hit a dribbler up the first-base line that Jose Abreu fielded well and threw to Sox catcher Tyler Flowers, who estimated he caught the ball with seven feet to spare as pinch-runner Gregor Blanco slid into home and was tagged out easily. The Giants called for a review and after 4 minutes, 55 seconds the ruling came back that Blanco was safe because Flowers was blocking the plate before he had possession of the ball. Catchers are allowed to block the plate only once they have control of the ball. White Sox manager Robin Ventura went into an epic rant as he yelled at umpires and kicked dirt over home plate.
  • The Baltimore Orioles swept the two games with the Yankees in a rain-shortened series with a 5-3 win Wednesday night. The Orioles have been red hot and now have a 7 1/2 game lead over the Toronto Blue Jays and a 8 game lead over the Bronx Bombers. The Orioles have dominated the Yankees this season as their 8-3 against New York, which is a .727 winning percentage. The O's are now 69-50, which is the third best record behind only the Athletics and the Angels.

MLB In Full Bloom - Josh Donaldson Crushes A Pair of Homers - 8/13/2014

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Josh Donaldson went 3-for-4 with a pair of homers, four RBIs and three runs scored against the Royals on Tuesday night. Donaldson's first home run tied his career-high of 24 homers, and he wasted little time in setting a new season high by belting his 25th later in the game. Donaldson's three hit night was apart of a 20-hit, 11-3 victory to even this four-game set at Kauffman Stadium. Donaldson's .255 batting average is a disappointment to some fantasy owners, but Donaldson makes up for the lost points of average with better marks in homers and steals. He's on pace to top his runs scored and RBI marks from 2013 as well. Even with a lower average, Donaldson has cemented himself as one of the game's elite options at third base.

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