Kevin Kiermaier Tampa Bay Rays

Peter Gammons: Hair on Fire

Four days from July, and the Tampa Bay Rays are still in first place. The Rays who lost Alex Cobb for the season, have had Matt Moore on rehab the entire time, are now without ... Read More
Chicago Cubs left fielder Chris Coghlan hit .357 with runners in scoring position in June Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports

My Kind of Town, Chicago Is – The June Report

This is my kind of town, Chicago is Nine to Know: the Cubs and White Sox in June The NL Central went 76-57 in June and each team played at least .500 baseball including the Cubs who went 14-14. The AL Central went 58-72 as only the Royals were over .500 with the White Sox having the fewest wins … [Read More...]

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Newberg: The upside of moving Joey Gallo down

When the season started, if you’d told me that in the last few days of June, Dez Bryant would rifle a one-hop shot off my glove at third base and the Texas Rangers would be optioning Joey Gallo to AAA Round Rock to make way for the re-activation of Josh Hamilton, I’m not sure which of three or four … [Read More...]

Yankees catcher Brian McCann hit .409 with runners in scoring position in June  Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

New York, New York in June

I like New York in June, how about you? Nine to Know for the Yankees and Mets in June In June, as the AL East went 81-57 with each team playing at least .500 baseball, the Yankees went 15-12. In the NL East, which went 57-77  and only the Nationals were over .500, the Mets were 12-15. The … [Read More...]

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Coffee and Clippings: At long last, Cain and Peavy set for return

Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that Jake Peavy and Matt Cain are set to make their long-awaited return from injury... Jake Peavy and Matt Cain were supposed to be the Giants’ second and third starters in 2015, and Peavy was deadly honest Sunday when he said he … [Read More...]

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Coffee and Clippings: The most important thing Matz provided Mets was a smile

Ken Davidoff (@KenDavidoff) of the New York Post highlights the stellar debut of Mets' starting pitcher and attitude savior Steven Matz...  Yes, most of the postgame chatter focused not on Matz’s prized left arm, but rather his impressive bat, which delivered three hits and four RBIs, the latter a … [Read More...]

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Coffee and Clippings: If rotation struggles, Yanks may make run at a big-name ace

Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) of the NY Post writes that the Yankees may make a run at a big-name ace if the rotation struggles... If I were making an educated guess — and that is all it is — the White Sox’s Jeff Samardzija is as likely to continue to titillate the Yankees as anyone. He was drafted … [Read More...]