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by : Gavin Ewbank

Major League Baseball on Tuesday released their first update of the fan voting in the American League for the All-Star Game in Minnesota this summer. Angels outfielder Mike Trout is the top vote-getter to this point, with the All-Star just over a month and a half away, and to no surprise, Derek Jeter is leading all shortstops as he makes his way through his final big league season.

Here is how the voting currently stands:

1. Matt Wieters, Orioles: 540,258
2. Brian McCann, Yankees: 373,169
3. Derek Norris, Athletics: 215,110
4. A.J. Pierzynski, Red Sox: 188,288
5. Kurt Suzuki, Twins: 187,766


1. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers: 440,407
2. Albert Pujols, Angels: 371,193
3. Jose Abreu, White Sox: 367,617
4. Chris Davis, Orioles: 238,730
5. Mark Teixeira, Yankees: 201,123


1. Ian Kinsler, Tigers: 356,244
2. Robinson Cano, Mariners: 350,293
3. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox: 343,321
4. Brian Dozier, Twins: 194,941
5. Howie Kendrick, Angels: 165,003


1. Derek Jeter, Yankees: 602,525
2. Alexei Ramirez, White Sox: 472,537
3. J.J. Hardy, Orioles: 265,923
4. Elvis Andrus, Rangers: 166,907
5. Jed Lowrie, Athletics: 142,622


1. Josh Donaldson, Athletics: 464,367
2. Evan Longoria, Rays: 407,724
3. Adrian Beltre, Rangers: 281,460
4, Manny Machado, Orioles: 263,029
5. Nick Castellanos, Tigers: 157,768


1. Mike Trout, Angels: 764,007
2. Jose Bautista, Blue Jays: 675,290
3. Jacoby Ellsbury, Yankees: 417,452
4. Carlos Beltran, Yankees: 401,101
5. Melky Cabrera, Blue Jays: 364,506
6. Torii Hunter, Tigers: 322,736
7. Adam Jones, Orioles: 285,913
8. Shin-Soo Choo, Rangers: 271,521
9. Yoenis Cespedes, Athletics: 1,556,700
10. Nick Markakis, Orioles: 248,886
11. Brett Gardner, Yankees: 197,577
12. Josh Hamilton, Angels: 188,918
13. Rajai Davis, Tigers: 186,913
14. Austin Jackson, Tigers: 175,165
15. Alex Rios, Rangers: 167,261


1. David Ortiz, Red Sox: 501,808
2. Nelson Cruz, Orioles: 484,186
3. Victor Martinez, Tigers: 340,827
4. Alfonso Soriano, Yankees: 221,378
5. Brandon Moss, Athletics: 144,319
Posted on : May 26, 2014 [0] comments Label: ,

SF Giants Hunter Pence offering reward for stolen scooter

by : Kelsey McNanie
Hunter Pence is known for riding his scooter to ball games, as photographed in this picture.
San Francisco wild man Hunter Pence is known for getting to ball games on his trusty scooter. He's always said it "feels like an extension" of himself, so when somebody steals it ... well, things can only go downhill. And that's exactly what's happening for the right fielder, as his tweets get straight to the point.

Many Giants fans took to their twitters to comfort Pence and his misfortune, as well as guarantee a return of the beloved scooter.

Don't think a scooter could wrench the heart of a ball player? Think again, as even manager Bruce Bochy noticed a different Pence in the dugout.

"He had a sad face on this morning," Bochy said. "I've never seen that from Hunter."

The 31-year old says he "can't fathom driving" and still looks forward to getting back on his scooter, and even upgrading the battery for better use. Pence is so anxious he says he even had a dream Sunday night, detailing about how he tackled someone who was riding his scooter. Thankfully, at least this time, it was a dream.

He's offering a signed bobble head as well as an original Hunter Pence scooter for anyone who finds the stolen good.

Pence is having a well season, batting a .294 average with 18 RBI's and 6 home runs. However, since news of his stolen scooter Sunday evening, he went 0-4 in today's game giving plenty of reason to believe the thief was a possible Dodgers fan.

By Kelsey McNanie
Kelsey is the CEO of 101 Baseball News, as well as the MLB Insider for the site.

by : Gavin Ewbank

Happy Memorial Day, and I hope every one of you has been having a good weekend so far, because it'll get even better today with tons of day-time baseball going on today.

The Pirates and Mets kick off a series at Citi Field today. The Red Sox are in Atlanta for a four-game series with the Braves. Boston is in the midst of a major tailspin right now, losing of 10 straight games. They'll look to Clay Buchholtz to end that streak this afternoon against Ervin Santana, who has been pitching well as a spring training pick up for the Braves this season.

Not too many top starters taking the mound for their teams today. Jeff Samardjia is probably the most notable starter today, as he looks for his first win of the season today against the Giants out in San Francisco. Samardjia leads the majors with his 1.46 ERA, but has not gotten a win in his last 10 starts because the Cubs lack any will to score runs for him. Maybe this will be the day.

North of the Boarder, the Rays and AL East leading Blue Jays will square off. Eric Bedard and Drew Hutchinson will take the mound for their respective teams.

The Yankees and Cardinals begin a three-game series at Busch Stadium. Young stud pitcher Michael Wacha will start with the Cards, while the Yankees will counter with rookie Chase Whitley in the 4:15 pm ET game.

Full slate of games today, so there will be stuff to talk about all throughout the game. Stay right here on 101 Baseball News for coverage of those game, and stick around in the comment section below to join the discussion.

FIRST QUESTION: Stars and Stripes hats and jerseys: are you a fan? (Personally, I love them)
by : Gavin Ewbank

Nobody wanted to take a chance on Nelson Cruz over the winter because he was coming off of a 50-game suspension handed down in August for performance-enhancing drug use. Nobody knew if the 30 homeruns a year he was hitting were real, or a product of the PED use.

Expect the Baltimore Orioles -- they took a chance on him, signing Cruz to a one-year, $8 million just after the start of spring training.

That risk could not have paid of more for the Orioles, as Cruz, in a division that features big hitters like David Ortiz, Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, Brian McCann and Mark Teixeira, is the Major League leader in homeruns almost two months through the season.

Cruz took over the homerun lead from Chicago White Sox rookie Jose Abreu, who is currently on the DL, by hitting a solo shot, his 16th dinger of the season in the Orioles' 4-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.

Cruz has four homeruns in his last six games heading into Monday, and also sits atop the American League with 44 RBIs.

Most of Cruz's hot start has come in this month alone, as he now has nine home runs, 19 RBI, and a .305/.346/.642 slash line in the month of May.

He a very hitter friendly ballpark in Texas, and landed in another hitter-friendly ballpark in Baltimore. There was a few teams that would have made sense for Cruz, but because he had a draft pick attached to him as a result of rejecting the Rangers' one-year, $14 million qualifying offer. The Orioles were not afraid to give up a pick since they had already sent one to the Indians for signing Ubaldo Jimenez.

"I knew he would have a great year," said Cruz's former skipper, Rangers manager Ron Washington. "That ballpark [at Camden Yards] can't hold Nelson. Nelson hits a popup there, it's gone. I'm not surprised by what Nelson is doing. He did it awhile for us. He had his struggles, but he always put up good numbers. They may have lost Chris Davis, but that ballpark can't hold him."

Cruz's career took a big hit last season when he was suspended, and that'll likely follow him for the rest of his career, but he's got a new slate in Baltimore this season, and he's taking full advantage of it.

Gavin Ewbank is a Senior Writer for 101 Baseball News
by : Gavin Ewbank

If you go anywhere around the internet and lookup the AL East standings, you find the five teams in the following order: Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays -- expect that order is from last to first place.

It was pretty easy to tell before the season that the AL East would be a close, competitive division because, really, there was no team that stood out.

The Yankees spent half a billion dollars, but there was no telling how their pitching staff would perform. The Orioles, as usual, had the potential to score a lot of runs, but, like the Yankees, their pitching staff was a concern. The Blue Jays didn't add the starting pitcher that they very much needed. The Red Sox were close to the same team that they were last year, minus a few pieces, and it was unknown if they would be able to repeat that magical 2013 championship run. The Rays were the only team that looked as if they had a real chance to run away with things.

So far, the Yankees are dealing with injuries. The Red Sox are dealing with injuries. The Rays got off to a slow start. And the Blue Jays are leading the division by two games, having won six straight.

Yes, the Blue Jays have won six straight -- they just swept the Oakland Athletics, one of the best teams in baseball -- and are leading the division, while the Red Sox are on a disastrous tailspin right now, losers of 10 in a row.

Injuries have a lot to do with the way teams in this division are playing right now, though.

The Yankees have lost three of the five starters in their rotation on Opening Day because of injures, and Carlos Beltran is out with elbow issues. The Red Sox, meanwhile, have Will Middlebrooks, Shane Victorino and Mike Napoli on the DL -- three of the more important pieces in their lineup.

The Rays are also dealing a couple of injuries to key players -- Matt Moore is done of the year because of Tommy John surgery, and Jeremy Hellickson is out until sometime in June, possibly, because of preseason elbow surgery.

But injuries aside, it should be pointed out that the Blue Jays are just flat out playing better than everybody else.

Their starters have been solid this season, especially Mark Buehrle, who is 8-1 with a 2.16 ERA this season, surprising everybody. But the bullpen, which currently has an ERA of 5.04, the second worst in baseball, needs to be fixed, and I still think they need to add another starter, which they might do at the deadline -- Jeff Samardjia would be a great option, and word on the street is that the Jays are scouting Samardjia harder than any other team, so they could be gearing up to make a run after the starter with the league's lowest ERA (1.46).

Offensively, Melky Cabrera is having a great season, hitting .313 with eight homeruns an 25 RBIs; Jose Bautista has 12 homeruns, 34 RBIs and is hitting .291; and Edwin Encarnacion has a team-high 14 homeruns this season.

Even while playing well, I still find it hard to believe that the Jays will be able to pull away and win this division. At some point, the Yankees are Red Sox are going to get healthy, and the Rays are Orioles are going to start playing batter.

This is close like we expected to be, but it's not playing out the way we thought it would. The AL East is baseball's toughest division, and right now, it's quite a mess.

Gavin Ewbank is a Senior Writer for 101 Baseball News
Posted on : May 25, 2014 [0] comments Label:

Do you have what it takes to be a MLB Vendor? You may be surprised

by : Kelsey McNanie
Vending is no joke, and Gary Hall expects you to take it seriously just like he does.
The ballpark vendor, either beer or hot dogs or candy and hot chocolate, there's always that special vendor you look for when going to an MLB game. However, the guys behind the crates actually have a difficult task. Have you ever wondered if you're good enough to be an MLB vendor? Probably not, but we're going to tell you anyway.

Take a look at Gary Hall, a well known beer vendor amongst MLB games, says about his daily struggle in the vending world:

"You have 50 pounds that you carry up and down the stairs for three hours a night. When you're a young guy, that's not so bad. But as I got older I realized that I have to be well-conditioned to be prepared for the rigors of a long season."

To prepare for the rigorous games, he says, he swims over 200 laps a day as well as a daily regime of hiking, weightlifting, and topping "60 pounds of weigh in a milk crate" to replicate his work. Who knows, maybe Hall will end up in the vendor Hall of fame. (Pun may be intentional).

by : Gavin Ewbank

Derek Jeter went 4-for-5 with two RBIs and Masahiro Tanaka gave up just one run over 6.2 innings, as the New York Yankees defeated the Chicago White Sox, 7-1, on Sunday afternoon in the finale of a four-game series at US Cellular Field.

The Yankees jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the 2nd inning against rookie starter Andre Rienzo. Yangervis Solarte singled to kick-off the inning, then Ichiro single with one out to put runners on first and second. Brian Roberts walked to load the bases, then Brett Gardner singled to score a pair of runs. Jeter followed with an RBI single for the third run, then Jacoby Ellsbury pushed the lead to 4-0 with a sac-fly to center field.

Rienzo lasted five innings, giving up five runs on seven hits, while walking two and striking out seven in his first loss of the season after starting 4-0.

Tanaka would take a shutout into the 6th inning, where it came to an end after Tyler Flowers doubled to open the inning, then scored on a two-out single by Gillaspie.

The White Sox were threatening to score again in the 7th inning when Adam Dunn walked and Alexi Ramirez singled to set up runners on first and second with nobody out. But Konerko hit a sharp linedrive to Jeter, who tossed the ball quickly over to second base to double up the big Dunn for the double play. Tanaka followed up by walking Alejandro De Aza, his second walk of the inning, and 10th of the year, ending his day.

Jeter scored the Yankees' 5th run of the game on a wild pitch in the 5th, then made it a 6-0 game with a single in the 6th. Roberts drove in the Yanks' final run with his second homerun of the year, a solo shot that carried to right field in the 8th.

Gavin Ewbank is a Senior Writer for 101 Baseball News
by : Kelsey McNanie
Michael Morse fits perfect at first base, and his bat surely backs it up.
The San Francisco smashed the Minnesota Twins in the final game of inter league play for a final of 8-1, proving the addition of two new players Tyler Colvin and Michael Morse, both whom are batting came through big in today's game.

Pitching dominant once again: Madison Bumgarner took place of Matt Cain's start after Cain suffered a serious pull in his hamstring a few starts ago. It proved to be a smart move when  Bumgarner gained his sixth win of the season after striking out 10 and allowing just three hits. The dominant start the 24-year old lefty showed today proved he can pitch fiercely with short rest. After today, his ERA was lowered to 3.15 and we can only see it going down from here.

Newly added Tyler Colvin : Tyler Colvin was brought up from Triple-A this year and is showing a spark in the lineup that manager Bruce Bochy could only dream of. The 28-year old continues to come through with the bat, although today he went 0-4 today, he did move Morse to third which would later score a motivational run for the Giants. He also scored an RBI.

Player of the game, Michael Morse: For Morse, he was the star of the show today. Going three for three with three doubles driving in four runs that would eventually be the decider to today's game. He's batting over .270 after today but shows much more dominance at the plate then numbers show.

Pablo getting his game back: Pablo Sandoval started out 2014 with a slow struggle, batting a slim .196 until this inter league series. Something may have kicked in, possibly his new routine of putting on cowboy boots before at bats, but whatever it is it's working. He's now batting .233 and went 2-4 today with an RBI. He played a terrific past two games, as well.

Brandon Belt and Gregor Blanco may be out played: Belt, former first baseman of the Giants, has been sitting out on the DL after breaking his wrist when being hit by a ball. However, with Michael Morse looking very super on first himself, he may be setting the curtains down for Belt and his days as a Giant.

The same may be going for Gregor Blanco, who is easily being outplayed by Tyler Colvin on a daily basis. If Blanco doesn't pick up his game soon, he may find himself as a permanent backup or even traded. Although, his speed on the bases are something Bochy wouldn't want to see go.

By Kelsey McNanie
Kelsey is the CEO of 101 Baseball News, as well as the MLB Insider for the site.

by : Kelsey McNanie
Josh Beckett tossed the first no hitter of the season against the Philadelphia Phillies today.
Los Angeles Dodgers Josh Beckett has finished off the Phillies with the seasons first no-hitter, as well as his first of his career. Not to mention the first no-hitter in Dodgers history since Hideo Nomo way back in 1996, way back against the Rockies.

 In a 9 inning stretch, the 34-year old struck out six but allowed four base runners off three walks and an error. A total of 128 pitches, averaging a mere 14 per inning, was enough to shut down the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Dogs bats put up 11 hits and a home run, enough to stack six runs against losing pitcher A.J. Burnett who moves to 3-4 on the season and had his ERA raised to 3.51. Burnett gained his third win of the season and lowered his ERA to 2.43.

Last year, Beckett's season almost came to an end with a season filled with injuries. But it seems as if the veteran is making a sweet comeback.

By Kelsey McNanie
Kelsey is the CEO of 101 Baseball News, as well as the MLB Insider for the site.

by : Kelsey McNanie
We're not saying it was Sergio Romo, but it was probably Sergio Romo.

In a cut to Amy Gutierrez during the San Francisco Giants series final, the innocent reporter was going over Pablo Sandoval's unusual routine before batting when she was struck by another one of Romo's mischief acts.

This time, he crept up behind Gutierrez with a monkey mask and pointed at the camera as seen in the picture above. No official word has been released, but this be Romo's way of saying "you're next" to Kruk and Kuip.

But who knows. We're not even sure if it was Romo.

The Giants currently lead 2-1 through three. Madison Bumgarner, who is pitching in Matt Cain's spot, is throwing a gem so far and hopes to carry the velocity behind his arm deep into the game.

By Kelsey McNanie
by : Kelsey McNanie
Los Angeles Dodgers' shortstop and slugger Hanley Ramirez was scratched from Sunday's lineup once again due to a pressing sore left calf. The 30-year old was replaced by young Erisbel Arruebarrena Saturday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies after complaining of pain in his calf.

Arruebarrena, the newly brought up rookie, went 0-3 with three strike outs on his debut Friday.

The three time All-Star is struggling in the hitting department this season, managing a low .250 average and just seven home runs. However, he still remains dangerous in the box and is a major misfortune to the Dodgers to lose him. His expect comeback time is not yet deemed.

By Kelsey McNanie

Kelsey is the CEO of 101 Baseball News, as well as the MLB Insider for the site.
by : Gavin Ewbank

As Derek Jeter makes his final stop at ballparks across the league this season -- Jeter's final big league season -- teams have been honoring the long-time Yankees shortstop for his legendary big league career.

Before the Yankees and White Sox played the finale of their four-game series this weekend at US Cellular Field, Chicago held a pre-game ceremony to honor Jeter.

The White Sox gave Jeter a miniature Yankees bench made out of bats, balls and bases, some U.S. Cellular Field shortstop dirt in a glass container with legendary shortstops' names on it, and a $5,000 check made out to Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation.

Sox first baseman Paul Konerko, who is also retiring at the end of the season, stood on the field with Jeter during the ceremony.

"Every place he goes he gets standing ovations," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "It just tells you the type of ambassador that he’s been for this game and people appreciated the way he’s went about his business, so it’s been enjoyable. He’s never really been booed a lot on the road, which is interesting. But to get the standing ovations, that’s unusual.”

This was the sixth stop this season that Jeter has received a gifts from the opposing team. On Tuesday, the Cubs gave him a No. 2 white-and-green square from the Wrigley Field scoreboard. The Mets gave Jeter a No. 2 designed with subway tiles and donated $22,222.22 to the Turn 2 Foundation. The Astros gifted Jeter a pair of Yankees cowboy boots, a cowboy hat and some golf lessons. The Angels gave Jeter a paddle board. And the Milwaukee Brewers donated $10,000 to Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation and presented him with a bronzed bat.

And as you would expect from Jeter, he started his day 3-for-3 with triple.
by : Gavin Ewbank

He's baaaaack! The Cubs announced on Sunday that they have sign outfielder Manny Ramirez on an minor league deal to be a player-coach for their Triple-A team in Iowa, because if there's anybody that can teach young players how to do things the right way, it's Manny Ramirez.

Ramirez hasn't played in the majors since 2011, with the Tampa Bay Rays. He was 1-for-17 that season before retiring after Major League Baseball suspended him for 100 games for a second positive drug test.

Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, who Ramirez played under for several years in Boston, released the following statement, which detailed Manny's role with the organization.
"We are excited to welcome Manny to the Cubs organization and look forward to him working with our young hitters," Epstein said. "Manny is not only one of the best hitters of all time, he is also a dedicated student of hitting and has proven to be a gifted teacher with younger teammates who have worked with him in the batting cage. Behind the scenes he has always been a tireless worker who is very serious about the craft of hitting. Manny has made real mistakes in the past but he has owned up to them and moved his life in a positive direction the last couple of years. He is in a really great place right now and wants to share the lessons he's learned along the way. We think he deserves another chance and that our young hitters will benefit from it." 
"While Manny is not and will not be a fit on the Cubs major league roster, we do think at this stage of his life he's a nice fit as a mentor for some of the young talented hitters we have in the organization. Manny will coach full-time and play part-time in a limited role that does not take at-bats away from our prospects. If he shows there is still some magic in his bat, perhaps he will find his way to the major leagues and help another team, but that is not why he is here. We are thrilled that he wants to work with our young hitters and make a difference."
As Epstein stated, Ramirez won't, at any point, be joining the Cubs' Major League roster, so we can put away any chances there may have been of seeing him back on a big league diamond.

Manny was signed by the Texas Rangers last season, and spent time in their minor league system, but was never called to the Major Leagues. I think we've seen the last of Manny in a big league uniform, but this next phase of his very interesting career my be even more interesting.