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, […]

Coffee and Clippings: Koji Uehara ‘encouraged’ by throwing session

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Scott Lauber (@ScottLauber) of the Boston Herald writes that Koji Uehara was ‘encouraged’ by his throwing session… Considering the alternative, the news on Koji Uehara couldn’t be any more encouraging for the Red Sox. Uehara went through his normal long-toss program here today, throwing from as far as 200 feet and uncorking both his fastball and his […]

Peter Gammons: As Rays place Cobb on DL, injuries continue to impact AL East

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There are the cold, hard realities with which the Rays deal, year in, year out, night in, night out. They began the season the only American League team to have won 90 games five of the last six seasons and the consensus pick of soothsayers and prognosticators to win the East in 2014, and by […]

Coffee and Clippings: Sonny Gray stellar again as Oakland A’s beat Seattle Mariners

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John Hickey (@JHickey3) of the San Jose Mercury News writes that Sonny Gray was stellar again in the A’s victory over the Mariners… The baseball season will be two weeks old Sunday, and it seems as if the sport is oddly different. The A’s beat the Mariners 3-1 Saturday night, and they got the usual […]

Coffee and Clippings: Transformation of Yu Darvish continues in Rangers’ 1-0 win

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Gerry Fraley (@gfraley) of the Dallas Morning News writes that the transformation of Yu Darvish continues in the Rangers’ 1-0 win… Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish continued his new-found affection for pitching to contact during a 1-0, 12-inning win against Houston on Friday night at Globe Life Park. Darvish worked the first eight innings and […]

Coffee and Clippings: Hard to put Jacoby Ellsbury in villain role

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Michael Silverman (@MikeSilvermanBB) of the Boston Herald writes that it is hard to put Jacoby Ellsbury in the villain role for the Red Sox… It’s going to be awfully hard to hate on Jacoby Ellsbury for the next seven years. Of course, during that first visit to Fenway Park by the Yankees later this month, […]

Coffee and Clippings: Cardinals’ record could be better, could be worse

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Bernie Miklasz (@miklasz) of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that the Cardinals’ record could be better, could be worse… Judgment on the Cardinals’ 5-4 record depends on your perspective. If you want to be all picky and grumpy, the Cardinals were suppressed by Edinson Volquez in a winnable loss at Pittsburgh on Sunday, and that […]