Tuesday (early) game notes


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@Red Sox 2, Tigers 1 — Jon Lester bested Max Scherzer on the bottom line and helped deny his 20th win, giving up 8 hits over 7 innings but just one tally. Ninth-place hitter Will Middlebrooks flipped Detroit’s 1-0 lead with a 2-out, 2-run single in the 5th. Scherzer had allowed a .189 BA this year with 2 outs, RISP, and Middlebrooks was 3-23 in those spots.

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Doc’s Disappointing Day


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I doubt anybody reading this cares about pitcher wins and losses. They are an archaic metric for judging pitcher performance. There is so much information available these days, that relying on a players record is inexcusable. However there is one group of people who still care about such things, the players, and quite frankly isn’t that for the best. I want my players caring more about the team accomplishment than the individual, and I don’t believe it is just lip service when a player says that it is irrelevant how they performed if the team lost...

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Quiz – Baffling Batters (solved)


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Here’s a seemingly random assortment of batters. Yet, these are the only players with a post-war season (since 1946) achieving a particular batting feat. What is it?

Player Rico Carty Dusty Baker Raul Mondesi Roy Sievers Sam Mele Manny Jimenez Larry Doby Chris Singleton Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used Generated 8/22/2013.

Hint: the fact that these players were all outfielders is not germane to the answer.

Congratulations to Richard Chester and Gary Bateman!...

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Monday game notes: How will the West be won?


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[Some think of Labor Day as summer’s end, but in my household, summer lasts as long as Roger Federer is in the U.S. Open. That used to buy us extra time…. But never mind such sadness — the stretch run is here!]

@Athletics 4, Rangers 2 — The AL West is a dead heat. The A’s, who last shared the top spot on August 9, have won 4 straight low-scoring games, yielding 7 total runs...

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Sunday game notes: Bullpen fail


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Orioles 7, @Yankees 3 — The rainstorm had moved off by game time, but Baltimore breathed lightning and thunder in a 7-run 7th, matching the biggest inning for both teams this year (scored and allowed).

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2013 Milestone Musings – Batters’ Edition


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How is your favorite veteran ballplayer doing? He may have passed a notable career milestone and you missed it. To find out, or if you just have a fascination for round numbers, here’s a review of this year’s milestone moments and a look ahead to those still to come.

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Saturday game notes


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@Pirates 7, Cardinals 1 — Raise the Jolly Roger, all alone in first place. A.J. Burnett went 7 innings on 4 hits, and drove in the game’s first run with a rare knock, as the Bucs clinched this season series (10-4, with 5 left).

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Friday game notes: Steeltown Shutdown


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@Pirates 5, Cardinals 0 — A showdown for 1st place, but the Cards were a no-show, and the hosts grabbed a share. For the third time this year, Francisco Liriano made St. Louis invisible, zipping through 8 innings on two harmless 2-out singles.

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Circle of Greats: 1946 Part 2 Balloting


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This post is for voting and discussion in the twenty-eighth round of balloting for the High Heat Stats Circle of Greats (COG).  This round completes the addition to the ballot of those players born in 1946.  Rules and lists are after the jump. (more…)

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COG 1946 Round 1 Results: Voters Adopt Fisk-al Policy


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This round provided a close battle between two born-in-1947 guys who were out-voted in the previous round by Johnny Bench.  In the end, it was another catcher, Carlton (Pudge) Fisk, who prevailed by just four votes over Nolan Ryan to become the 27th inductee into the High Heat Stats Circle of Greats.  This election also saw more voting participation (66 ballots cast) than in any round we’ve had since the opening week of the MLB season.  ...

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