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Tuesday, 08 May 2018 14:52

Albert Pujols joins 3,000-hit club

One of Major League Baseball’s most exclusive clubs has a new member.

With an opposite-field single off Seattle Mariners pitcher Mike Leake on May 4, Los Angeles Angels first baseman/designated hitter Albert Pujols became just the 32nd player to reach the 3,000-hit plateau. He’s the latest in a run of players to reach the mark – Alex Rodriguez in 2015, the just-released Ichiro Suzuki in 2016 and Adrian Beltre last season – though it’s likely that it’ll be a while before the club gets any bigger.

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Tuesday, 01 May 2018 16:40

Red Sox Report Card - April 2018

Well now – that’s a hell of a way to start the season.

The Boston Red Sox just had the best April in the team’s history, winning a record 19 games in April (along with two out of three in March). After this red-hot opening month, the team sits atop the American League East with a 21-7 record.

New manager Alex Cora has clearly reached this team in a way that the departed John Farrell never quite managed toward the end of his tenure. That new energy seems to have contributed to the big start (though we’ll see how everyone is feeling come the Fourth of July – or even Memorial Day).

There are a few players struggling, but overall, the team has performed as well as their record indicates. We’ll just see if they can keep it up.

On to the Report Card.

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It might be hard to believe, considering how much snow we’ve seen recently, but spring is here. Whatever the weather says, the truth is that baseball season is just around the corner! Spring training is coming to a conclusion – we’re on the verge of seeing games that count!

There’s plenty to be excited about in 2018. The Houston Astros look ready to hit the field as defending champions for the first time in their history. We might get our first legitimate two-way player in nearly a century thanks to the Angels’ Shohei Ohtani. Young superstars like Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are playing for what will likely prove to be record-shattering free agent contracts. Mike Trout and Clayton Kershaw will continue to build on their Hall of Fame careers.

And once again, I have staved off the inevitable reality of age; we have not one, but two major league baseball players who are older than I am – pitcher Bartolo Colon, now with the Minnesota Twins, and outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, who has returned to the Seattle Mariners, the team where his storied MLB career began.

As for the specifics – who knows? There are going to be a lot of home runs and a lot of strikeouts. There will be stars who perform to expectations and unknowns who shock the world. There will be delightful highs and unfortunate lows. There’s no way to say for certain what will go down on the field in 2018.

But let’s give it a go anyway.

(Division winners – x; Wild Card teams – y)

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Tuesday, 27 February 2018 17:25

Boston Red Sox welcome J.D. Martinez

The Boston Red Sox have finally landed the big bat they’ve been seeking this entire offseason.

Following the completion of some routing medical checks, Boston has officially signed outfielder J.D. Martinez to a five-year contract worth $110 million. The deal also includes a player opt-out clause after two years.

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 13:20

Giancarlo Stanton traded to Yankees

Reigning NL MVP sent to New York for Castro, prospects

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 13:17

Los Angeles Angels win Ohtani sweepstakes

Japanese superstar to attempt to play both ways in MLB

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017 10:25

A clash of titans – World Series 2017

After 162 games in the regular season – and over 100 wins each – and some hard-fought playoff series, we have our National League and American League pennant winners. The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros are poised to face off in the 2017 World Series.

Shall we talk about it?

(Please note: By the time you read this, at least one game of the World Series will have already been played.)

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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 10:34

Road to the World Series 2017

Another long MLB season has come to an end. All 162 regular season games have been played. And a of this writing, just 10 remain with a chance to take home a World Series championship. Two-thirds of the league’s teams have packed it in and headed home for a long winter of wondering what might have been and awaiting the arrival of next spring and the ever-present hope that that season brings.

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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 10:32

Red Sox Report Card – September 2017

And now, after six months and 162 games, we’ve come to the end of another Boston Red Sox regular season. 2017 has been a good year all told, with the Sox winning over 90 games and taking home a division crown.

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By the time you read this, the official halfway point of the Major League Baseball season will have passed; the unofficial halfway point – the All-Star Game – just a few days away.

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