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Aroldis Chapman posted by Reds Fan

Born February 28, 1988, Aroldis Chapman is presently with Cincinnati Reds, playing Major League baseball. He is from Cuba and nicknamed the Cuban Flame Thrower or the Cuban Missile, as he is a fantastic pitcher, and holds the MLB record for fastest pitch speed of 106mph. He also holds the record for striking out minimum one batter in 40 appearances consecutively. Chapman has a left-handed throw, and he bats as well.   

Aroldis Chapman started playing baseball when he was 15 years old. Initially he was a first baseman, but the coach noticed his throw, and recognized his potential to be a good pitcher. In 2006, Chapman joined a team of Cuban National Series. In 327 2/3 innings, he managed 365 strikeouts, 3.74 ERA, and 24-19 record. In 2008, Chapman failed in defecting to U.S., and the Cuban President suspended him from playing baseball for the full year. In 2009, he was successful in defecting when the Cuban team was playing in Netherlands, and became a resident of Andorra.

In January 2010, Chapman signed a six-year contract with the Cincinnati reds, and in April that year he played his first professional match for the Louisville Bats, a Triple-A team. In this match against the Mud Hens, he pitched for 4 2/3 innings and struck out nine, and gave only one unearned run. In August 2010, Chapman made his MLB debut, when the Reds were playing against Milwaukee Brewers in the eight innings. The very first pitch was recorded to be 98mph and was called strike. In March 2014, Chapman suffered a skull fracture when he was hit by Salvador Perez's line drive, and had to undergo surgery. In May, he was back and Chapman made his 100th save against the Diamondbacks in July, which made him the eight fastest pitchers to achieve this record. 

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Betting on the Reds in 2013 posted by Reds Fan

Are you a big Cincinnati Reds fan? Are you confident that your team can beat any other team in the MLB? Then you may want to take a chance and win lots of money by picking your team in an online betting game. There are three ways of MLB online betting that you can choose from- money line, run line and over under.

Money line is the easiest type of online betting that you can participate in. The rules are simple- just pick the team you think will win the game. Since you’re a Reds fan, you’d naturally pick your team here. Each team has odds and you simply have to choose the team that will win the ball game. As in any other gambling game, teams with bigger odds of winning will payout less money that the amount that you wagered while teams with lesser chances of winning will have a bigger payout than the amount you have bet.

The other game that you can put your money into is run line betting. In this game, the favored team has a 1.5 run advantage that it has to cover in order for you to win the bet. If your Cincinnati Red win by two or more runs, you win. But if they don’t, you lose the game.

Or you can put your money in over under betting. Here bookies will set a total number of runs scored by the competing teams. You can choose if the total number of runs to be completed in the game is either higher or lower than what was set by the bookies.

Online MLB betting is fun and exciting, however if you can't quite make your mind up over who's going to come out on top or if you're looking for a bit of betting fun during the close-season there are many types of online gambling to get your fix from.

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The Latest Marmol Meltdown Is Enough posted by Richard Kagan

Here the deal on Cub's reliever Carlos Marmol.  The hard throwing righty is either lights out, or it's All Hands on Deck.   Marmol was in the game vs. the Reds to protect a 3-0 lead and a gem of performance by Ryan Dempster. Marmol walked guys, put runners in scoring position and Cincinnati scratched 3 runs to tie the game.  They won it on the 10th.  Marmol is boring.  He doesn't get anyone out.  His walk ratio per batters pitched is horrendous.  Something like 25% of the guys he has faced, he has walked.  You don't have to get a hit off him.  Just stand there.  When he is on and somedays he is, his slider is unhittable.   The thing is with Marmol who don't know which pitcher will show up.  The closer or the Blower.  He has blown some games that were in the bag.  And, that is hard to do.  I used to like him.  He thought he was going to be great.  But, groom someone else for the closer role.  Let some other pitcher try his luck.  It has to be better than Marmol.

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President's Speech vs. NFL game posted by Richard Kagan

What in the world are we coming to?  President Obama wanted to make his national address on Wednesday night but House speaker John Boehner objected.  This was political brinksmanship at its finest.  Now, Obama had to either go ahead with the date, or move his address to Congress nect night, the debut for the 2011 NFL season.  President Obama opted to make his address on Thursday.  Now, people will have to decide to watch the game or listen to Obama's speech.

What to do?  If you were as patriotic as the character that Hank Williams plays on the intro the Monday Night Football, you'll listen to Obama's speech.  Are you ready for some football?  Not yet.  I can wait a half hour.  But now people will have to make a decision, you can't trust people to make an informed choice.  Or to go with their instincts.  This is not life and death, it's a football game, one of hundreds that will be shown on TV this fall and winter.  If you have a problem missing the game, then look at that.  If we don't get a handle on the economy, football will be relatively meaningless.  I'll take the odds on that one.

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Stealing Away Some Rival Talent posted by Todd F. Dixon

Another busy day for the Redskins front office.  There is a new strategy in DC these days, steal away talent from your rivals.  Instead of looking all over the country for players, we looked at situations in our division and up 95 to shore up our roster.  Let's take a look at the recent moves.

Josh Wilson CB Ravens - Wilson is a local product having gone to Dematha and then on to UMD.  He was a 2nd round pick ny the Seahawks in 2007.  He was traded to the Ravens on the last year of his contract when injuries decimated the Ravens secondary.   He quickly stepped up his game and landed himself in a starting position.  He also has experience returning kicks and punts so he could help in special teams as well.  His skills are just as good as Carlos Rogers except he has goood hands and is 4 years younger.  He is automatically a starter opposite DHall and a huge upgrade.  So long Butterfingers Rogers.

Stephen Bowen DE Cowboys - An undrafted free agent as a rookie out of Hofstra, he was signed to the Cowboys in 2006.  He learned in Wade Phillips 3-4 defense and is considered a very good 3-4 end.  The Cowboys desperately wanted to keep him but they have salary cap issues and the Redskins surprisingly swooped in and signed him.  He provides great depth along the line, and with Fat Albert and Jeremy Jarmon gone, he will see many oportunities to get at the QBs of the east.

 Barry Cofield NT Giants - Cofield didn't play in a 3-4, but the defense the Giants use has been known to use certain aspects of that type of defense.  He is listed as a nose tackle on NFL.com which was the Redskins greatest need this offseason.  Cofield was HUGE for the Giants and they were very upset to see him go, especiallly to a division rival.  He will be seeing Eli a lot this season though, in the backfield.

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Redskins Free Agent Activity!! posted by Todd F. Dixon

So the Redskins were said to be making a huge "splash" in free agencey, which they haven't really done.  The main targets for the Redskins (WR Santonio Homes, OL Marshal Yanda, and OL Doug Free, CB Ike Taylor) all re-signed with their respective teams.  So, plan B.  They made some moves pretty quick although they weren't what was expected.

 The first move they made was dumping Donovan Mcnabb which ends yet another highly anticipated era that ended poorly.  I'm happy we got rid of him and were able to get some value (even though it was a 6th rounder).  Bruce Allen has yet again been able to turn a bad situation good and save a little dignity to this Snyder franchise.  It was a great move, and we will save millions on the cap that we are already more than 20 million under (somehow).  We could sign 3 players with the money we are going to save which we kinda did.

The first big signing was Giants DT Barry Cofield.  He is listed as a NT which was our 2nd biggest glaring need on defense behind CB but, he has been a 4-3 DT (Like Haynesworth) his whole career.  The only thing I can say is that he has the right size, and is a team-first guy who will play wherever he is asked.  He is also great at getting to the QB, so I may be okay with it when I see it play out.  

The best and smartest move was re-signing Santana Moss.  This was so perfect.  He had the best year of his career last year (93 receptions) playing all over the field getting thrown to by a struggling Mcnabb and Grossman.  He will provide great veteran leadership on the field, and also he is a great locker room presence and knows the system and loves DC.

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Trevor Time calls it a day posted by David

Trevor Hoffman, Major League Baseball’s all-time saves leader, announced his retirement this week after an illustrious 18-year big league career.  The seven-time All-Star finishes his career with 601 saves, a 61-75 record, a 2.87 ERA, and 1,133 strikeouts.  In 1089.1 innings pitched – spanning 1035 games – he surrendered exactly 100 home runs.  Hoffman spent the bulk of his career with the Padres, with whom he won four division titles and one National League pennant.


Hoffman was drafted as a position player, but after hitting .249 and .212 in his first two seasons in the low levels of the minors, the Reds turned him into a pitcher.  Hoffman found immediate success on the mound, going on to become a dominant closer for nearly two decades, but Cincinnati lost him to the Marlins in the 1992 Expansion Draft.  After half a season in the majors, he was traded to San Diego in a deal that sent Gary Sheffield to Florida.  Hoffman would spend the next 15 and a half seasons in a Padres uniform.


Hoffman’s best season came in 1998, when he recorded 53 saves (at the time, tied for second in a season), boasted an ERA of just 1.48 and a WHIP of 0.85, and allowed only two home runs.  In 73 innings, Hoffman struck out 86 batters while walking 21.  That same year, he came in second in Cy Young Award voting despite receiving more first-place votes (13) than the winner, Tom Glavine (11).  In an MVP race that saw sluggers Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire finish first and second, Hoffman came in

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A new champion is crowned posted by David

Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants, who are World Champions for the first time since moving to the west coast more than 50 years ago.  Their last title in New York came in 1954, when Willie Mays made “the catch” that will be played on highlight reels forever.  The Giants came unbelievably close to not even making the playoffs this year, but the fans who claimed that watching their team was “torture” are now the happiest fans in baseball.

How ‘bout that?

How about Matt Cain?  The San Francisco hurler was nearly untouchable throughout the playoffs, outshining staff ace Tim Lincecum, who had a bad outing in Game 1 of the Fall Classic.  In three postseason starts, Cain allowed only an unearned run over 21.1 innings of work, going at least 6.2 innings in each outing and providing a huge boost to his team’s hunt for glory.  He might be the best #2 starter in the majors, but Matt Cain looked like the second coming of Cy Young when it mattered most for the Giants.

How about Brian Wilson?  The flamethrower’s postseason numbers included six saves (in seven chances) and a win in 11.2 innings pitched, allowing just an unearned run.  Additionally, Wilson allowed no more than one hit per appearance while anchoring the San Francisco bullpen.  Wilson gave Bruce Bochy the confidence this postseason usually reserved for Mariano Rivera’s manager when handing his closer the ball in October (or November).

How about the fantastic class of rookies in the postseason?  Stephen Strasburg wasn’t among them, but Jason Heyward (Braves), Buster Posey (Giants), Aroldis Chapman (Reds), Danny Valencia (Twins), Wade Davis (Rays), Neftali Feliz and Mitch Moreland (both Rangers) would make an incredible young team if they all played together.  In fact, even top prospect Domonic Brown, who compiled just 62 regular-season at-bats, was on the Phillies’ playoff roster.  Expectations will be high for this talented group, and here’s hoping none of them experiences too much of a sophomore slump.

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Longer series are good for ball posted by David

Postseason sweeps are great if your team comes out victorious, but for the fan who just wants to see a good series because his team is already done for the year, sweeps make October less exciting.  The Phillies and Yankees outplayed their first-round opponents so it was no surprise that the Reds and Twins failed to win a single game, but the other two division series were more fun to watch.  Additionally, the League Championship Series in both the AL and NL will last a minimum of six games, which is how it should be.  A postseason series that features one team in complete control over the other is like a boxing match in which one fighter KO’s the other in the first round, but then fights him again the next night and does it all over again.  A series that goes the distance (or a game shy of it), on the other hand, is good for ball.

How ‘bout that?

How about Cody Ross?  The Giants outfielder hit two home runs against Roy Halladay in Game 1 of the NLCS and added one off Roy Oswalt in Game 2 to provide San Francisco with its only run of the game.  This feat of power against two of the league’s best pitchers comes after Ross hit only three long balls in 33 games after coming over in a trade from the Marlins.  Though closer Brian Wilson has struck out six in 3.1 scoreless innings of work, Ross’s .375/.474/1.063 line as an everyday player makes him the favorite for the series MVP should his team eliminate the two-time defending NL Champs and play in the Fall Classic for the first time since 2002.

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Pair of Triple Crown candidates duel it out posted by David

Albert Pujols and Joey Votto are having monster seasons.  Not only are the sluggers leading their teams in the playoff hunt – the Cardinals are 1.5 games back in the Wild Card race while the Reds lead the NL Central – but Pujols (.321, 34 HR, 93 RBI) and Votto (.326, 31 HR, 90 RBI) are the top two National Leaguers in each of the Triple Crown categories.  Both have strong cases for the MVP award, but if either one wins the first Triple Crown since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967, it would be awfully hard for the voters not to choose him as the league’s Most Valuable Player.

How ‘bout that?

How about Billy Wagner?  The 39-year-old anchor of the Atlanta bullpen has saved 30 games, holds a 1.68 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP, and did not give up a run in the entire month of June (11.1 innings, six hits, five walks, 17 strikeouts).  Wagner plans to retire at season’s end, and with the Braves currently leading the NL East, he’s looking for his first crack at the World Series and the opportunity to go out on top.

How about Carlos Gonzalez?  The Venezuelan outfielder is enjoying a fine year in his first full season as a big leaguer, hitting .320 with 26 homers, 84 RBI’s, and 20 stolen bases.  His batting average, .569 slugging percentage, and .922 OPS put him behind only Pujols and Votto in the National League.  Rockies fans can look forward to many years of watching Gonzalez display his talents at Coors Field.  At 24, he has a very promising career ahead of him.

How about the Twins?  Despite almost getting no-hit and losing three of four to the Rangers earlier this week, the Twinkies are 27-13 since the All-Star break, and hold a three-and-a-half game lead over the White Sox in the AL Central.  After losing cleanup man Justin Morneau to injury the week before the All-Star break, several Minnesota players have stepped up to the plate.  Since the break, birthday boy Jim Thome (now 40) is slugging .651, Delmon Young and Jason Kubel have driven in 33 and 32 runs, respectively, in 39 games, and Joe Mauer has raked to a line of .399/.476/.594 with 32 RBI’s in 36 games.

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Red Sox outlast the Yankees in 19-inning marathon (Big League Stew)

Take a look around the league with Big League Stew's daily wrap up. We'll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats . If you love weird baseball, the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees had you covered on Friday night and well into Saturday morning. In a game that lasted 19 innings, required 17 pitchers and 628 total pitches, and even included a 16-minute delay after a small power outage in the stadium, the Red Sox finally emerged with a 6-5 victory. To be honest, everyone who made it through the game — players, writers and fans included — should be considered heroes to some degree, but the headlines belong to Mookie Betts, who's 19th-inning sacrifice fly provided the difference, with an honorable mention to Xander Bogaerts , who not only scored the winning run, but had four consecutive singles in extra innings alone.   [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] Of course, just to get to 19 innings requires a lot of, well, it requires a mish-mosh of pretty much everything that makes baseball the lovely game it is. This game was no different, but here are just a few of the more random or interesting occurrences, beginning with this remarkable truth about Mark Teixeira.  Mark Teixeira was 34 when this game began. He's now 35. #TrueStory — Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) April 11, 2015 In case you're wondering, Teixeira was still clean shaven after the game.   Teixeira celebrated his birthday with a game-tying home run leading off the 16th inning, which was one of the three last chance rallies mounted by the Yankees. The game-tying homer was the latest hit by a Yankees player in 75 years.   The official time of game was sixhours, 49 minutes. That left both teams with ten hours, 55 minutes to get ready for Saturday's scheduled game, which begins at 1:05 ET.  While Xander Bogaerts  had four singles in extra innings, Mike Napoli struck out four times after the ninth inning. Overall, Napoli was 0-for-8.  Final pitchers Steven Wright and Esmil Rogers combined to throw 159 pitches, which is just 25 less than starting pitchers Wade Miley and Nathan Eovaldi threw.  The only thing this game was missing was a position player on the mound. We suggest you stay tuned on Saturday though. If it's shaping up as a blowout, the losing side might happily save their bullpen.  MARK BUEHRLE GETS 200TH WIN Though the pitcher win is widely regarded as an outdated stat in today's world of advanced stats and metrics, it's still worth acknowledging milestones such as the one accomplished by Toronto Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle on Friday. In Toronto's 12-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles, Buehrle picked up his 200th career win, making him just the 112th pitcher in MLB history to reach that mark. Buehrle, who's starting his third season with the Blue Jays, pitched six innings of two-run ball to pick up the victory. It's his 26th win since joining Toronto. He won 161 over 12 seasons with the Chicago White Sox, and added 13 more for the Miami Marlins in 2012. That's career victory No. 200 for Mark Buehrle. He's the fourth active pitcher to reach that total. #BlueJays — Gregor Chisholm (@gregorMLB) April 10, 2015 Tim Hudson (214), CC Sabathia (208) and Bartolo Colon (205) are the other active pitchers in that group. But that's not the only select company he belongs to. Buehrle is the second pitcher to record career victory No. 200 in a #BlueJays uniform. Roger Clemens is the other. — Gregor Chisholm (@gregorMLB) April 10, 2015 Getting to 300 is very unlikely, but Buehrle could move into the top 50 if he reaches 246. BILLY HAMILTON STEALS WIN FOR REDS The Cincinnati Reds are having quite the opening week at the Great American Ballpark. Coming off back-to-back walkoff victories on Wednesday and Thursday, the Reds continued their roll and improved to 4-0 on Friday with a thrilling 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals .  [Our division previews:  NL East  |  AL East  |  NL Central  |  AL Central  |  NL West  |  AL West ] In this case, the winning run came around to score in the eighth inning, and it was done almost exclusively on the legs of Billy Hamilton. With out one, Hamilton drew a walk and then stole second base. That took the bat out of the hands of Joey Votto, who had homered twice earlier in the game. He was intentionally walked, but Hamilton soon advanced to third on a wild pitch. From there, Todd Frazier delivered him home with a sacrifice fly  that provided the difference.  A'S CONTINUE ODD SCORING PATTERN To say the Oakland A's offense has been all or nothing through five games would be an understatement. Coming off their 12-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday, they've now alternated blowout victories with almost non-existent performances at the plate.  It all started with an 8-0 win over the Texas Rangers on Monday. On Tuesday, they fell 3-1 before rebounding to win 10-0 on Wednesday. On Thursday, they lost 10-1, to split the series with  Texas, which led to Friday's reemergence.  If the pattern stays true on Saturday, the A's aren't going to do much against Seattle left-hander JA Happ. On Sunday, however, they would be due to light up Felix Hernandez and Seattle's bullpen to the tune of 14-0. In other words, don't expect the pattern to continue. It's just one of those opening week oddities.  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813 [read full article]

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Blue Jays meltdown opens door for wild Yankees comeback victory (Big League Stew)

Take a look around the league with Big League Stew's daily wrap up. We'll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats.   Just when the New York Yankees appeared destined to begin the season 0-2, the Toronto Blue Jays fell apart on Wednesday night allowing the Yankees to rally for wild 4-3 victory at rain-soaked Yankee Stadium .   The Blue Jays jumped out to an early two run lead and were able to maintain that lead until the eighth inning behind a stellar pitching performance from R.A. Dickey. However, a combination of poor relief, bad luck and lousy weather turned things completely in the Yankees favor. Fly ball falls in the wind, single to centre, hit batter, new pitcher, wild pitch, K, intentional walk, hit batter, single off pitcher's arm — Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) April 9, 2015 That's the cliff notes version. Now let's fill in some of those gaps. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] • It all started with a wind-aided double by pinch-hitter Chris Young that fooled rookie second baseman Devon Travis. • After Jacoby Ellsbury lined a clean single to center field against Aaron Loup, Brett Gardner was hit by a pitch to load the bases and force a pitching change. • Next in line was Brett Cecil, who immediately uncorked a wild pitch that allowed one run to score and advanced the other runners. • After Cecil struck out Carlos Beltran, Mark Teixeira was walked intentionally to reload the bases.  • In a left-on-left battle, Cecil plunked Brian McCann to force home the tying run. • Chase Headley singled home the go-ahead and eventual winning run on a ground ball that deflected off Cecil's wrist. There's only way one to describe the inning, according to Jays manager John Gibbons.  "We just imploded," Gibbons said. "Started with the wind-blown hit there, and then we hit a couple of guys; we don't normally do that, and it just got away. "We'll figure some things out … roles and who can do that. You're still guessing on some guys, but the better they pitch, the more opportunities they'll have to pitch." One guy who could get more opportunities is 20-year-old Robert Osuna. That destructive eighth inning had the potential to be much worse for Toronto, but Osuna made a strong major league debut by striking out Alex Rodriguez and getting Stephen Drew to fly out with the bases loaded. That outing gave the Jays a fighting chance, but Andrew Miller closed the door for New York in the ninth to pick up his second career save.  Now the teams will move on to the rubber match on Thursday, which is scheduled to feature rookie Daniel Norris and veteran CC Sabathia on the hill.  ROCKIES, BRAVES IMPROVE TO 3-0 Only two teams completed action on Wednesday night with a perfect 3-0 record, and we doubt anyone out there would have dared wager anything on those two teams being the Colorado Rockies and Atlanta Braves.  Amazingly, Colorado only won 21 games on the road all of the last season, but they're already 14-percent of the way there after defeating the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 in 10 innings. Wilin Rosario delivered a pinch-hit home run to provide the difference in the extra frame. Former Brewers closer John Axford pitched the tenth to earn the save after LaTroy Hawkins gave away Colorado's two-run lead in the ninth. The Rockies also got this monster home run from Carlos Gonzalez, which may still be traveling if not for the Miller Park scoreboard.  In Miami, the Braves took care of business in much more efficient fashion, besting the Marlins 2-0 . A.J. Pierzynski's two-run home run provided the only offense. Shelby Miller was sharp in his Braves debut, tossing five scoreless frames. For the series, Atlanta outscored Miami 16-3. [Our division previews:  NL East  |  AL East  |  NL Central  |  AL Central  |  NL West | AL West ] As for undefeated teams remaining in MLB, the Cincinnati Reds, Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers all improved to 2-0 on Wednesday. They'll all go for sweeps on Thursday.  ALBERT PUJOLS MOVES INTO 18TH PLACE ON ALL-TIME HOME RUN LIST Adrian Gonzalez wasn't the only Los Angeles player hitting notable home runs on Wednesday . Angels first baseman Albert Pujols joined elite company himself when he turned on Hisashi Iwakuma's first-inning fastball and sent it soaring into the second deck at Safeco Field. The home run was Pujols' first of the season and No. 521 overall in his now 15-year career. That moved him into a tie with Hall of Famers Ted Williams, Willie McCovey and Frank Thomas for 18th on the all-time home run list. Looking down the road, it's reasonable to think Pujols could finish the season as high as 15th on the all-time list. Mike Schmidt holds that spot with 548 home runs, which means Pujols would need to reach 29 this season to best him. He hit 28 last season, so it's safe to assume he still has the pop. Next in his sights will be Jimmie Foxx (534) and Mickey Mantle (536). Pujols' two-run first-inning home run also proved to be the difference on Wednesday. The Angels held on for a 5-3 victory to win the season-opening series over the rival Mariners. TWINS STILL SCORELESS IN 2015 The Minnesota Twins are off to a brutal start offensively. After being shutout 11-0 by Anibal Sanchez and four Detroit Tigers relievers on Wednesday, the Twins are the only team in baseball without a run through their first two games. In fact, the closest they've come so far is 180 feet, as no runner has been able to reach third base. The Twins are the first AL team to be shut out in back-to-back games to open a season since the 1977 Mariners, per @baseball_ref . — Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) April 8, 2015 Overall, the Twins are 9-for-62, which is good for a .145 average. They’ll look to get on track, or at least on the board, in Thursday’s finale against Detroit when they square off against Shane Greene. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813 [read full article]

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Pirates-Reds Preview (The Associated Press)

A.J. Burnett is back in Pittsburgh's rotation, but whether the form that made him effective in his first stint with the Pirates returns with him remains to be seen. His first start comes Thursday in a visit to the Cincinnati Reds, who will be trying to complete a three-game sweep. After going 26-21 with a 3.41 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in two years in Pittsburgh, Burnett moved to Philadelphia for 2014 and fell off considerably with a career-worst 8-18 record. Granted, it was for a team that went 73-89, but Burnett saw his ERA jump to 4.59 and WHIP soar to 1.41 - the kind of complete-season numbers he'd only experienced in his three years with the New York Yankees. [read full article]

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AP source: MLB's Manfred plans to give DC '18 All-Star Game (The Associated

Commissioner Rob Manfred intends to announce Monday that Washington's Nationals Park will host the 2018 All-Star Game, a person familiar with Major League Baseball's plans told The Associated Press. Washington would be the fourth consecutive National League team to host baseball's All-Star Game, following the Cincinnati Reds this year, the San Diego Padres in 2016 and the Miami Marlins in 2017. [read full article]

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AP source: MLB's Manfred plans to give DC '18 All-Star Game (The Associated

Commissioner Rob Manfred intends to announce Monday that Washington's Nationals Park will host the 2018 All-Star Game, a person familiar with Major League Baseball's plans told The Associated Press. Washington would be the fourth consecutive National League team to host baseball's All-Star Game, following the Cincinnati Reds this year, the San Diego Padres in 2016 and the Miami Marlins in 2017. [read full article]

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