Coffee and Clippings: Harper-Trout tilt an ad for interleague play

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Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) of ESPN writes that the Bryce Harper-Mike Trout tilt is an ad for interleague play… Baseball is a different animal than other sports, so those of us in the media who keep playing the Magic Johnson-Larry Bird card regarding Mike Trout and Bryce Harper are overlooking an inconvenient truth: The pitcher is the guy with the […]

Peter Gammons: Ellsbury returns to Boston a person few really know

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The Red Sox training staff claims that in his last game in a Red Sox uniform, Jacoby Ellsbury broke a small bone in his hand but refused to come out of the game and was in center field when Koji Uehara struck out Matt Carpenter for the final out of the 2013 World Series. So […]

Coffee and Clippings: Bryce Harper-Mike Trout comparisons may be a career-long thing

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Thom Loverro (@thomloverro) of the Washington Times writes that the Bryce Harper-Mike Trout comparisons could be a career-long thing… Bryce Harper is featured in a new set of commercials for Major League Baseball – edited into old baseball footage as if he is playing on the same field with such legends as Ted Williams, Carlton Fisk and Babe […]

Coffee and Clippings: Don Mattingly can’t answer Yasiel Puig questions


Steve Dilbeck (@stevedilbeck) of the LA Times writes that Don Mattingly can’t answer Yasiel Puig questions… The Dodgers returned home Friday for the first time since the story broke Sunday, and Mattingly was again left to meet the local media, cameras and newscasters at Dodger Stadium vainly attempting to gain any insight on Puig’s story. They received […]

Coffee and Clippings: Despite slow start, Scheppers to remain in Rangers rotation

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Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) of the Dallas Morning News writes that despite a slow start, Tanner Scheppers will remain in the Rangers rotation while Matt Harrison continues his rehab… Despite another rough outing marred by a big inning Thursday, it appears Tanner Scheppers will remain in the Rangers rotation for now. Scheppers allowed six runs and […]

Coffee and Clippings: Michael Pineda, minus pine tar, pitches Yankees to nightcap win

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Anthony McCarron (@AnthonyMcCarron) of the NY Daily News talks about Michael Pineda pitching the Yankees to their second win of the night… Any hullaballoo over whatever that brownish goop was on Michael Pineda’s right palm in his last start didn’t stop him from dominating the Cubs Wednesday night as he capped a marvelous day of Yankee pitching. […]

Coffee and Clippings: Back story of Puig’s journey to America should concern Dodgers

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Bill Plaschke (@BillPlaschke) of the LA Times writes that the back story of Yasiel Puig’s journey to America should concern the Dodgers… Seemingly from the moment Cuban refugee Yasiel Puig showed up at Dodger Stadium out of nowhere, arriving last June unwilling to discuss his unknown background, the talk behind the batting cages has been rife with […]

Coffee and Clippings: Red Sox rely on MujicaCare

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Scott Lauber (@ScottLauber) of the Boston Herald writes that the Red Sox are relying on Edward Mujica’s insurance as closer… If he’s being honest, Carlos Beltran has no idea how Edward Mujica would have fared in the playoffs last year if he’d been allowed to throw more than 19 pitches over a pair of mop-up […]

Peter Gammons: Why Lester Matters

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Jon Lester was the first player ever drafted by the John Henry Red Sox. He was a second rounder, the 57th player picked, the 28th pitcher, and you can go to the shredder and decide between Matt Cain, Zack Greinke, Cole Hamels and Lester, but there was no one else taken in the opening rounds […]

Peter Gammons: My new favorite person, Cody Decker

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Cody Decker is a 27-year-old outfielder with El Paso in the Pacific Coast League, a Padres affiliate. “He is,” says Pads GM Josh Byrnes, “hysterical.” And, of course, so is his manager, Pat Murphy, who coached Dustin Pedroia, Andre Ethier and so many other great players at Arizona State. Decker grew up in Santa Monica, […]