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Cold Hard Fact for Sunday, August 17, 2014

Fact: Seattle's Felix Hernandez set an MLB record by recording 16 straight starts with seven innings pitched allowing two runs or fewer. Bleacher Report will be bringing sports fans the most interesting and engaging Cold Hard Fact of the day, presented by Coors Light. Source: SportsCenter Read more MLB news on BleacherReport.com

Fantasy Baseball 2014: Updating Top 150 Big Board with 1 Month to Go

With the 2014 baseball season nearing the end, the fantasy version of the sport still needs all kinds of attention, lest we fickle fantasy team owners get frustrated and cranky. And that just isn't good for anyone. With that in mind, it's time for an update of the Big Board, which focuses on evaluating players' values over the rest of the season. Show More Summary

David Wright Injury: Updates on Mets Star's Shoulder and Return

New York Mets third baseman David Wright was held out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Chicago Cubs after leaving Saturday night's contest due to soreness in his left shoulder. The Mets shared their lineup on Twitter, which...Show More Summary

Picking MLB's Biggest Duds of the Week, Position by Position

This past week, MLB has had its share of magical moments, including a delay in the game between the Detroit Tigers and the Pittsburgh Pirates on account of birds. That’s right—two birds brought an at-bat between Vance Worley and Miguel Cabrera to a standstill. For as whimsical as that brief moment was, however, not all is fine with this grand game. Show More Summary

Dark Horses Who Could Shake Up Major MLB Award Races Down the Stretch

Because Major League Baseball's season is six months long, the season's last six weeks shouldn't make much of a difference with the major awards races. But hey, you never know when the Chipper Jones Effect is going to happen. Remember when Jones won the National League MVP in 1999? The key was him hitting.324 with a 1.124 OPS in his last 42 games. Show More Summary

Felix Hernandez's Historic Pitching Stretch Ends After 5-Inning Start vs. Tigers

Felix Hernandez had to fall back to earth sometime. The Seattle Mariners ace watched his streak of 16 starts with two or fewer runs over at least seven innings snapped on Saturday night against the Detroit Tigers, per SportsCenter: Hernandez exited after pitching five innings and giving up two runs on seven hits. Show More Summary

Oakland Athletics: Which Catcher Is Most Valuable?

Much of the Oakland Athletics' success this season has stemmed from manager Bob Melvin's implementation of platoons in the field. Quality players like catchers John Jaso and Derek Norris split time based on the opposing pitcher's throwing arm. Jaso would hit against righties, Norris would hit against lefties, and everyone's knees stayed well-rested. Show More Summary

Juan Uribe Injury: Updates on Dodgers IF's Hamstring and Return

Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Juan Uribe will be placed on the disabled list due to the re-emergence of a nagging right hamstring injury, manager Don Mattingly announced Saturday. MLB.com's Ken Gurnick had the news: Saturday's news isn't surprising in lieu of Uribe's dismissal from Friday's loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. Show More Summary

Boston Red Sox Fan Catches 2 Foul Balls vs. Astros

The Boston Red Sox were dealt a 5-3 loss against the Houston Astros on Friday night, and one of the most impressive players on the Boston side might have actually come from the stands. In the fourth and sixth innings, one fan was able to make barehanded catches, somehow collecting two souvenirs in one game. [MLB.com, h/t Sports Grid] Read more MLB news on BleacherReport.com

Cold Hard Fact for Saturday, August 16, 2014

Fact: Since his movie "Good Will Hunting" premiered in 1998, the Boston Red Sox are 0-15 on Ben Affleck's birthday, August 15. Bleacher Report will be bringing sports fans the most interesting and engaging Cold Hard Fact of the day, presented by Coors Light. Source: NESN Read more MLB news on BleacherReport.com

Little League World Series 2014: Day 3 Scores and Bracket Results

The mood hit a fever pitch Saturday at the 2014 Little League World Series, as elimination games took center stage. With everything to lose, the 0-1 teams from the prior two days left everything on the diamond in a display that was an obvious uptick in competitiveness and overall entertainment. Show More Summary

Miss Texas Throws out Terrible First Pitch at Rangers Game

Miss Texas 2014 Monique Evans, 22, got the unique opportunity to throw out the first pitch at a Texas Rangers game on Friday against the Los Angeles Angels. Things didn't go as well as planned. Evans ended up deciding to toss the ball...Show More Summary

Twins' Joe Mauer Reaches 1,500 Hits and 300 Doubles

Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer has reached a pair of milestone since returning from the disabled list Monday, recording his 300th career double and 1,500th hit. Mauer, who was out for nearly six weeks with an oblique injury, hit double No. Show More Summary

Tampa Bay Rays Reach .500 After Sitting 18 Games Under on June 10

With Friday's 5-0 win over the New York Yankees, the Tampa Bay Rays became just the fourth team in major league history to reach.500 after sitting 18 games under at any point during the season, per Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times. Surprisingly...Show More Summary

3 Young Starters the Chicago Cubs Should Target in a Trade This Offseason

The Chicago Cubs have done an exceptional job at collecting assets in recent years, but with many of their young players ready to contribute, they will soon need to turn those assets into a balanced roster built to compete for a World...Show More Summary

Predicting What the Chicago Cubs Lineup Will Look Like Next Year

The progress the young guns have made in the minor leagues this season is encouraging for the Chicago Cubs' future. As long as they add some quality pitching in free agency this offseason, they should actually be a pretty interesting team in 2015. Show More Summary

How Corey Kluber Has Broken into Baseball's Elite Starter Class in 2014

Apparently 10 is the magic number for Corey Kluber. The Cleveland Indians ace was brilliant on Friday night against the Baltimore Orioles, allowing one run on five hits and two walks while striking out 10 batters over 7 2/3 innings. The...Show More Summary

5 Biggest Takeaways from This Week's MLB Action

Baseball has a new pope. After a couple of failed tries, Rob Manfred has been installed as the new MLB commissioner by a unanimous vote of baseball's 30 owners, per the MLB Public Relations Twitter account. While the league's bossesShow More Summary

Robinson Cano Proving to Be a Smash Hit Success for Contending Mariners

Don't count out the Seattle Mariners. Yes, the M's are looking up at both the Oakland A's and Los Angeles Angels in the American League West. But in this era of the second wild card, third place can be good enough. And, look at that,...Show More Summary

Chris Young Released by Mets: Latest Details and Reaction

The New York Mets have officially released outfielder Chris Young. The team announced the move on Twitter: This comes after New York designated the 30-year-old for assignment earlier in the week, per ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin. "It caught me a little bit off-guard," said Young after hearing the news. Show More Summary

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