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San Francisco Giants Mascot Lou the Seal Accidentally Scares Young Fan

San Francisco Giants mascot Lou Seal is generally a fairly lovable, jovial character who the kids love. Vicente Gallardo does not feel that way, however. The young fan froze up when asked to say "play ball!" before the Giants took on the Diamondbacks, and Lou Seal thought he'd come over to offer his support. Show More Summary

Early Takeaways from the Yankees' September Call-Ups

We are 10 days into the month of September, a time when major league teams are littered with minor league prospects; players decent enough to warrant a call-up when the 25-man rosters expand to 40. Hopelessly fighting for the playoffs,...Show More Summary

How Seattle Mariners' Remaining Schedule Compares to Other Wild-Card Contenders

With a little less than three weeks remaining in the season, it looks like the American League wild-card race will come down to the wire. The Seattle Mariners and Detroit Tigers have been narrowly separated in the standings for the past few weeks, with the Tigers currently half a game ahead. Show More Summary

New York Yankees 2014 All-Prospect Team

The New York Yankees have, of late, shown more signs of taking themselves out of the pressure-cooker of the American League wild-card race than of sneaking toward its forefront. Going just 4-6 in their last 10 and losing their last two,...Show More Summary

10 Crucial MLB Players That Will Decide September Pennant Race Outcomes

As pennant races reach their boiling point around the league, a handful of players on each team can be pointed to as potential X-factors for one reason or another. Many of those key players are the team's high-profile superstars, asShow More Summary

Ranking the Baltimore Orioles' Most Ideal 1st-Round Matchups

The Baltimore Orioles extended their commanding division lead by sweeping the Cincinnati Reds at home last week and have now taken the first two from the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. With a 10-game lead on the second-place New York...Show More Summary

Boston Red Sox's 2014 All-Prospect Team

The Boston Red Sox are enduring an incredibly disappointing 2014 season, falling to 63-82 after Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. The Sox have been let down by a mix of injuries, underperforming veterans and disappointing young players, but the future is not quite as bleak as it may initially seem. Show More Summary

Atlanta Braves 2014 All-Prospect Team

It’s been a tough year for the Atlanta Braves, one that started out with so much promise after a great April and almost half the season spent in first place. But lately they’ve been tough to watch as they fall further and further behind...Show More Summary

The Radar Gun Revolution

The veteran baseball man couldn't stop talking about what he had seen on his radar gun the night before. But then he couldn't stop complaining that radar gun readings are overrated. We love the radar gun. We hate the radar gun. First the rave: "You should have seen [him]. Show More Summary

Are Tigers' Hot Bats Good Enough to Make Deep Run Despite Pitching Drop-Off?

In a way, the Detroit Tigers' 2014 season has been like each of the past three. No, they may not be all alone atop the American League Central like they were for much of 2011 through 2013, but the club once again is in position to make the playoffs for a fourth straight time. Show More Summary

B/R MLB 500: Top 35 Shortstops

After paying a visit to the guys at second base, the B/R MLB 500 will now move on to the jewels of the infield: shortstops. Shortstops will be scored like so: 25 points for Hitting, 25 points for Power, 20 points for Baserunning andShow More Summary

Dodgers Must Find Way to Get Joc Pederson into Pennant Race Lineup

It's a good problem to have, but it's a problem nonetheless for the Los Angeles Dodgers: Joc Pederson needs to play. Unfortunately, or at least inconveniently, that means someone else needs to sit. Backing up a bit: Before Pederson —...Show More Summary

No-Quit Miami Marlins Making Late Push for Final NL Wild Card

Sorry to begin with a dictionary definition, but...Merriam-Webster defines "fish story" as, "A story that is so strange or surprising that it seems very unlikely to be true." Sounds precisely like the tale the Miami Marlins are trying to write in 2014. Entering the season, most experts pegged the Marlins to finish at or near the bottom of the pack. Show More Summary

Los Angeles Dodgers' 2014 All-Prospect Team

With the minor league season over and several youngsters currently up in Los Angeles with the Dodgers, a few of the standouts from the minor league season are familiar to Dodger fans. However, not all of them are, and here is an opportunity to recognize a more diverse list of players. As an organization, the Dodgers are pitching-heavy. Show More Summary

Ian Desmond Injury: Updates on Washington Nationals SS's Back and Return

Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond exited Tuesday night's 6-4 win over the Atlanta Braves after the fifth inning with what's currently being described as back tightness. Desmond, 28, told reporters he was dealing with the issue...Show More Summary

David Wright Shut Down for Rest of 2014 Season with Shoulder Injury

David Wright's lost 2014 season has finally been put to an end. The New York Mets officially declared their All-Star third baseman out for the season Tuesday after a season-long battle with shoulder problems: Wright, 31, was held out...Show More Summary

Houston Astros' Late-Season Performance Could Be a Sign of Things to Come

There’s rebuilding projects, and then there’s the Houston Astros. Ever since the team went to the World Series in 2005, the entire organization has been in shambles. Sure, they won 86 games in 2008, but that is their only time in the past eight years to win more than 80 games. Show More Summary

Miguel Cabrera Tosses 'Touchdown' Pass to Calvin Johnson at Detroit Lions Game

Detroit Lions All-Pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson exploded for 164 yards and two touchdowns on Monday Night Football as the Lions routed the New York Giants, 35-14, in their first game of the 2014 season. Johnson was in the house for...Show More Summary

Joe Torre Reportedly Clarifies MLB's New Home-Plate Collision Rules

Major League Baseball executive vice president Joe Torre reportedly issued a memorandum on Tuesday to provide clarity to the home-plate collision rules that have been implemented for the 2014 season. ESPN.com's Jayson Stark reported on Torre's message to the umpires, which concerns Rule 7:13. Show More Summary

Clayton Kershaw Forces Way into NL MVP Discussion with 18th Win

After defeating the San Diego Padres on Monday night and notching his 18th win of the season, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw has forced his way into the National League MVP discussion with just a little more than two weeks...Show More Summary

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