|Some people go to the ballpark to literally see fireworks, with weekend postgame extravaganzas often sparking up the promotional schedule. And yes, now that July is upon us, we're waiting on fireworks in the trade game, as discussed in this week's installment of "The Cycle."
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|French shortstop Melissa Mayeux made history on June 20, when she became the first female to hit MLB's international registration list, making her eligible to sign with an MLB club anytime after July 2.
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|Before Thursday night's game, Miguel Sano was asked repeatedly what his goal was for his Major League debut. His answer never really varied by more than a few words. "Try to get a win tonight," Sano said.
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|There is no reason to believe the exit of Jerry Dipoto as Angels general manager should have a negative impact on the performance of the players on the field.
|Joey Butler lined a single to center, a loud sigh from the Tropicana Field crowd vibrated around the park, and it was over.
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|Not all days are created equal. For Lorenzo Elion III, who heads into his senior season at Simeon Career Academy, one of the biggest came along six years ago, when he was 11. It was his tryout for a spot in the White Sox Amateur City Elite baseball program, which seemed like a long shot. After all, he had started playing baseball only within the last year.
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|When John Smoltz is inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 26, he will be the first pitcher to go in having undergone ligament replacement surgery -- today almost universally known as Tommy John surgery -- at some point during his career. And he may very well be the last.
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|The Mets lost to the Cubs, 2-0, Wednesday night in 11 innings at Citi Field. That's frustrating. They also had chances to win before the game even got to extra innings. That's even tougher to stomach.
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|Third baseman Nolan Arenado never said a word to Giants manager Bruce Bochy, the National League All-Star manager, during the Rockies' three-game visit to AT&T Park last weekend.He did, however, make an All-Star statement that came through loud and clear.
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|In less than a month, Astros second baseman Jose Altuve and shortstop Carlos Correa have become more than just teammates. They have adjoining lockers. They have lunch together and sometimes dinner. They talk constantly.
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|The challenge for the Cubs is that the market is slow to develop in a season in which the Phillies and Brewers are the only clear sellers at the moment. But, as things crystallize in the coming days and weeks, here are the levels of action the Cubs can and should consider, with a representative option for each.
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|The big offseason trade that sent Matt Kemp from the Dodgers to the Padres has been turned upside down and analyzed from the San Diego end. But the Los Angeles has also been a big beneficiary of the Dec. 18 deal too.
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|It was the first night of the rest of the Mets' season, and Daniel Murphy was stationed at third base, also known as his best position. Ruben Tejada was to Murphy's immediate left, finally deployed at shortstop on what we've been told is supposed to be a permanent basis. As permanent as anything is with the Mets of the six-man, five-man, six-man rotation.
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|Alex Rodriguez has had a nice career against the Angels alone: 70 homers, 165 RBIs, 173 runs scored and 251 hits with a .322 batting average and .654 slugging percentage in 201 games.
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|While much of the national attention has been focused on the Cubs' touted position-player prospects -- Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo and Addison Russell -- Kyle Hendricks was having a lot of success last season as a rookie starter.
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|Montreal was and, presumably still is, a terrific city. I haven't visited since the the National League stepped out of international play and created the Nationals. I do miss the charm, restaurants and the exchange rate that made visits to Montreal enjoyable.
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|The Mickey Mantle comparisons persist and won't be going away any time soon. Mike Trout is the image of No. 7 in pinstripes, chiseled from the neck to the ankles, and he plays like the Yankees legend, crushing baseballs and running them down with blinding speed in center field.
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|Dallas Keuchel, the 27-year-old left-hander, makes his 17th start of the season on Tuesday night against the Kansas City Royals. Since the start of the 2014 season, his 2.65 ERA is behind only Felix Hernandez (2.41), Jon Lester (2.46) and Chris Sale (2.47) among American League starters.
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|The Phillies formally introduced Andy MacPhail, who has had success as an executive with three franchises, as their next club president Monday. At first glance, it looked like a safe, conservative decision. A tee shot down the middle rather than trying for the green with a more risky drive over a water hazard. A second glance, to MacPhail's immediate right on the dais at Citizens Bank Park, disproved that assumption.
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|As we get ready to flip the calendar to July, pour one for those poor Pittsburgh Pirates. At 16-9, they posted the National League's second-best record in June, only to lose ground to the ridiculous St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central race. An application for divisional relocation can't be far behind for Clint Hurdle's club.
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|There are valid reasons why the Minnesota Twins are in second place in the American League Central rather than fifth. One of those reasons was on display Saturday at Miller Park.
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|Despite all the bumps in the road, the Mets are 2 1/2 games out of first place in the National League East and two out in the NL Wild Card race. But there's something larger at work, illustrated by Steven Matz's impressive Major League league debut on Sunday .
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|Because SABR 45 is a convention that includes so many mathematicians, perhaps this is the most pertinent statistic akin to this summer's gathering: Since 1908, the two Chicago baseball teams have won the World Series twice. The White Sox did it in 1917 and 2005. The Cubs, not since the famous "Merkle's Boner" put them in position to defeat the Tigers for the 1908 World Series title.
|Ryne Sandberg became the fourth manager to be replaced this season. But he's different than Mike Redmond, who managed Miami, Bud Black, who managed the Padres, and Ron Roenicke, who managed Milwaukee. Sandberg is a Hall of Famer, elected for induction in Cooperstown in 2005 for his playing career.
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|For anyone in the LGBT community, the journey toward marriage equality has been filled with some highs, but mostly lows. One state would pass its support of same-sex marriage, and then another would take those rights away. The angry arguments on TV interpreting religious beliefs were always disappointing and confusing for a community that was only looking to make a commitment in the eyes of the law. It was an emotional tug of war that would seemingly never end. On Friday morning, it finally did.
|Royals manager Ned Yost has that Hall of Fame manager Bobby Cox humility down to a T. "Sometimes I feel stupid," said Yost, a longtime member of Cox's coaching staff in Atlanta. "Sometimes I go a whole game without giving a sign. These guys are athletic. They know how to play the game. They know when to do what needs to be done."
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|The temptation is to ask this question: Whatever happened to Sidd Finch? He never had Tommy John surgery, never won a game in the Major Leagues and never threw his supposed 168-mph fastball to a single big league hitter. The reason for all this is simple. Sidd Finch didn't exist.
|Paul Molitor returned to Milwaukee on Friday night, still a winner in the standings and still suitably grateful for his experiences with the Brewers.
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|So you were expecting the sequel to be even better than the original? Not a chance. The Royals and A's were back at it again at the Coliseum on Friday night, 67 days removed from that three-game series at Kaufman Stadium that was punctuated by verbal jousting, threatening hand gestures and a series of ejections.
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