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Daily Archives: April 4, 2013

2 And A Hook Podcast – Episode #2: The Yankees, Injured Players And Early Year Schedules

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Thursday, April.04/2013

MLB reports and The Benchwarmers Show present 2 and A Hook Podcast

MLB reports and The Benchwarmers Show present 2 and A Hook Podcast

People in this Podcast:

Chuck Booth – Guest (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

Nicholas Rossoletti – Guest (Trade/Yankees Correspondent)

By James Acevedo – Host (Podcast Veteran) 

On today’s show brought to you by www.mlbreports.com & yours truly The Bench Warmers, we talk about opening week of MLB! Chuck Booth called in on his usual segment – to talk about injuries that have been going on lately to start this season and  especially with baseball’s All – Stars. Read the rest of this entry

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“Who Owns Baseball?” An explanation for a subjective title.

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Thursday April.04/2013

Just how far can Bryce Harper improve during his 2nd season?  If he can improve by about 15 % might we see a 30 HR/ 30 SB, year with around 120 Runs Scored and 80 Extra Base Hits?  This would vault the 20 Year Old LF.  He hit 2 HRs on Opening Day - and is Walking and crushing regular hits as well.

Just how far can Bryce Harper improve during his 2nd season? If he can improve by about 15 % might we see a 30 HR/ 30 SB, year with around 120 Runs Scored and 80 Extra Base Hits? This would vault the 20 Year Old LF into MVP consideration. He hit 2 HRs on Opening Day – and is crushing regular hits as well.  Harper is 6 – 12 with 2 HRs and 3 RBI through 3 games.  The Nats swept the Marlins in 3 straight.

By Paul Francis Sullivan (Lead Baseball Writer/Personality):

On my podcast, The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast (available on iTunes), I have been keeping track of a title of my creation. It is the title of “Who Owns Baseball?” for a given day.

Essentially it is the star of the day, with an American League and National League hitter and pitcher being honored. Its origin stems from the Opening Day heroics of Bryce Harper and Clayton Kershaw. I wrote on Twitter that they “owned baseball today.”

And I thought why not keep track of that? Why not follow an entire season, as I am going to do anyway, and declare a pitcher and a hitter from each league as the “Owners of Baseball.”

Yu Darvish’s near Perfect Game:

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White Sox Off To A Good Start

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Opening Day saw 39012 brave and tough Chicago and other natives - took in this game.

Opening Day saw 39012 brave and tough Chicago and other natives – take  in the  game.  The club narrowly escaped with a 1 – 0 victory against their Division AL Central Rival The Kansas City Royals.  Game #2 saw the Bullpen throw 3 IP and only yield 1 hit for their effort.  The Sox are not expected to contend for a playoff position – although they carry multiple time ALL – Star players on their Roster. Does everyone forget that the ‘Southsiders’ led the AL Central for the majority of the year during the 2012 season?  The Tigers barely nudged them out for the Division at the end of September.  The Sox are looking for payback in 2013.

By Brian Madsen (White Sox Correspondent): 

The last time the White Sox won on Opening Day by a score of 1-0 was 2005. They won the World Series that year. They beat the Royals 1-0 on Monday behind a solid pitching performance by Chris Sale and a solo HR from Tyler Flowers.

Monday was Opening Day. Not that that means anything, but baseball fans are superstitious. I know I am.

The Sox were 6-12 against the Royals in 2012, proving to be the Sox undoing. After their victory on Wednesday against KC 5-2, they’re 2-0 against the Royals so for in 2013. You have to understand, this is mind boggling for a White Sox fan.

The Royals have been the Sox’ achilles heel for what seems like forever now. If the Sox find a way to knock around Jeremy “Catfish” Guthrie today, the world may come to an end. Guthrie posted a 0.30 ERA vs the Sox last season, but, only managed one victory against them.

White Sox Opening Day At Us Cellular Field – Mature Content so Parental Guidance is advised:

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Kershaw Smacks 1st HR And Nets Win In Dodgers Opener – Before LA Loses 2 In A Row

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Dodger Stadium was at full capacity (53,138) on Monday's Opening Day.  It was 66 Degrees at Game Time.  With the MLB' biggest payroll right now, the Dodgers have heavy expectations in 2013.  They won 4 - 0 on Mondays game - before dropping back to back games to the Giants

Dodger Stadium was at full capacity (53,138) on Monday’s Opening Day. It was 66 Degrees at Game Time. With the MLB’ s biggest payroll right now, the Dodgers have heavy expectations in 2013. They won 4 – 0 on Mondays game – before dropping back to back games to the Giants Starting Pitchers Bumgarner and Lincecum.  Matt Kemp is still hitless on the year – and Adrian Gonzalez had not had a base knock since his 2nd AB of the Year.  On a solid note,  Carl Crawford has looked great with 5 Base Hits in 9 At – Bats.  The team has switched Luis Cruz to Shortstop and Juan Uribe to 3rd after a brutal Game #2 by Justin Sellers (which featured a couple of errors).

By Enrique Rivera (Dodgers Correspondent): 

Everything just went right for the Dodgers. Crawford got two hits (including a Double), Adrian Gonzalez got a hit, Ethier got a hit, Kemp scored a run, just what the Dodgers expect out of their stars.

The Dodgers made Matt Cain throw 35 pitches in the 1st inning – including Kemp drawing a 11 Pitcher AB, with several Foul – Balls before finally Striking Out. 

This still jacked up Cain’s pitch count, causing the Giants to lift him before the Bottom of the 7th. After the 8th Inning HR, the club even scratched out two runs on Infield grounders!

Without signing a contract extension during the winter, the 2011 Cy Young Award winner (and 2012 runner-up) Clayton Kershaw did more than expected for the Dodgers as they defeated the reigning World Champs – and Dodger arch-rival San Francisco Giants 4 – 0.

Not only did he picked up the win, he earned himself his first Shutout of the season. He allowed only four hits and Struckout seven hitters.

Clayton Kershaw is interviewed on Opening Day HR:

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – April 4, 2013

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On today’s episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast, podcaster Patrick Beaulieu calls in to talk Blue Jays, Roy Halladay and why he thinks the Royals will have a solid season.

Patrick is the host of The Triple Play Podcast on MLBReports.com and talked about how his native Canada is reacting to a possible Blue Jays renaissance.

And with Gio Gonzalez, Clay Buchholz, Jed Lowrie and Gerardo Parra owning baseball last night, they all join the list of previous owners.

Let’s update the tally.

Players who owned baseball for the Day

Clay Buchholz – 1
Madison Bumgarner – 1
Yu Darvish – 1
Jacoby Ellsbury – 1
Carlos Gonzalez – 1
Gio Gonzalez – 1
Bryce Harper – 1
Felix Hernandez – 1
Adam Jones – 1
Clayton Kershaw – 1
Jed Lowrie – 1
Justin Maxwell – 1
Bud Norris – 1
Gerardo Parra – 1

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Stadium Love: Rogers Centre On Blue Jays Opening Day 2013

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Thursday, April.4/2013

Geddy Lee is the front man for the Canadian Band Rush and threw out the first pitch.  Over 48000 fans jam packed the Rogers Center this past Tuesday.,  The team is favored to win the American League east by Las Vegas Oddsmakers.

Geddy Lee is the front man for the Canadian Band Rush and threw out the first pitch. 48857  fans jam-packed the Rogers Center this past Tuesday. The team is favored to win the American League east by Las Vegas Oddsmakers.  Despite a raucous crowd, plus national attention by the Canadian Sports Television Networks, the Jays lost the game 4 – 1.  Last night they dropped a 3 – 2 decision to the Indians in Extra Innings – to start the year 0 – 2.  This game featured half the attendance (24,619) of Tuesday celebrated opener.  The Jays fans are still excited, but need to see results.

By Jordan Hennessey (MLB Reports Contributor) 

The marketing machines at Rogers Communications, the parent company of the Blue Jays came up with opening week commercials with the theme being “Stadium Love. That is exactly what it was on Tuesday.

It has been a long time since there was this much excitement heading into a Jays season. Suddenly a city that hasn’t enjoyed a winning sports season in quite some time is completely infatuated with all things Blue Jays.

You can look into what all the bookmakers say but this team is stacked, and people are talking about them. 

If you were lucky enough to get a ticket to the home opener last night you were in for the treat. Outcome aside, and even with the generally slow pace of the game, the energy was still electric.

The entire city was buzzing and one bar even had the theme song of the Blue Jays playing in the afternoon. 

Blue Jays – Lets Play Ball Song:

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