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Can the tigers have the best record ever posted by aj wilbur

The 2001 Seattle Mariners have the most wins ever in a season with 116. This is an astonishing record and one that would be very difficult to beat, but if anybody has a chance it is the 2012 Tigers.

I am going to give 5 reasons why we will break the record for most wins ever in a major league baseball regular season.

1. The Tigers have the most feared lineup in baseball from top to bottom

2. Justin Verlander, need I say any more

3. A great bullpen. Every Tiger fan has to feel confident with our 7th, 8th, and 9th inning relievers. Dotel, Benoit, and Velverde are a deadly combination along to go with a proven lefty in phil coke.

4. Better defence then all the so called experts say. Cabrera may not be brandon inge but he will play a solid third and prince is more nimble at first then he is given credit for.

5. Jim Leyland, he will manage this lineup to the fullest making sure everybody gets playing time and stays fresh. This will be a key down the stretch or if an injury pops up.

Finally my bold prediction 117-45 and a new regular season record

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New season brings new hope posted by David

Two thousand eleven was a difficult year for Major League Baseball.  There was no strike, no brawl in which a player grabbed an elderly coach and threw him to the ground, and no collision between players that proved to be career-ending for anyone.  (Buster Posey should be fine this season.)  On the field, things were good.  In the stands and outside the park, however, tragedy struck the baseball world.

Christina Taylor Green, the nine-year-old granddaughter of former Phillies GM Dallas Green and daughter of Dodgers scout John Green, was shot and killed in Tucson at the Gabrielle Giffords Congress on Your Corner event in January.

Bryan Stow, a San Francisco Giants fan, was beaten nearly to death outside Dodger Stadium on Opening Day.

Shannon Stone, a firefighter, fell 20 feet in front of his six-year-old son at Rangers Ballpark in July and was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.

Greg Halman, a 24-year-old Mariners outfielder, was stabbed to death in his native Holland in November, allegedly by his own brother.

Despite the tragedies that occurred in 2011 – both during the season and before it began, inside and outside the stadium, accident or intentional – it was heartening to hear about Barry Bonds’s offer to pay for Stow’s children to go to college.  I have personally never been a Bonds fan – and I’m still not – but I give credit where credit is due.  Detractors may say that it was just a publicity stunt to improve his image, and I can’t say for sure that it wasn’t, but does it really matter?  A wealthy athlete did something he didn’t have to do in order to help someone in need.

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Edgar Martínez’s case for Cooperstown posted by David

One of the most talented hitters of the nineties did not receive enough votes for induction to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, but I’m hoping Edgar Martínez does not have to wait too much longer.  I don’t expect him to be elected in 2011 because too many voters don’t think a Designated Hitter is a full-time player.  (Martínez came up as a third baseman, but injuries forced him to become Seattle’s regular DH in 1995.)  In my opinion, if a poor defensive player can make it to Cooperstown based on his offensive contributions, then someone who does not play a defensive position should be able to do the same.

Martínez’s career stats include a .312 batting average, .418 on-base percentage, .515 slugging percentage, 2,247 hits, 309 home runs, and 1,261 RBIs.  His best season came in 1995, when he slugged .628 while leading the AL in batting average (.356), OBP (.479), OPS (1.107), doubles (52), and runs (121).  Despite his monster year, Martínez still finished third in the MVP race.  Fifteen years later, he remains the only designated hitter ever to win a batting title.

Martínez was a seven-time All-Star, won five Silver Slugger Awards, and had one of the biggest clutch hits in postseason history – a two-run double in the bottom of the 11th inning of Game 5 of the 1995 ALDS that sent the Mariners to their first-ever Championship Series.  Seattle had been trailing the Yankees 5-4 and were three outs away from being eliminated from the playoffs; the turn of events sent the Yanks home instead after having blown a 2-0 series lead.  For the series, Martínez had a Ruthian line of .571/.667/1.000 and 10 RBIs – nine of them coming in the last two games.

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Playoff newcomers show the baseball world what they’ve got posted by David

While the fans in Cincinnati, Atlanta, and St. Petersburg may not have appreciated it, nearly every game played so far this postseason has featured a dominant pitching performance.  Roy Halladay no-hit the Reds, Tim Lincecum shut out the Braves on just two hits while striking out 14, and C.J. Wilson and Cliff Lee combined to hold the Rays to one run in 13.1 innings.  Lee displayed his talents during last year’s World Series, earning both of the Phillies’ wins over the Yankees, but Halladay, Lincecum and Wilson were all making their postseason debuts, and not one of them showed any sign of butterflies.

How ‘bout that?

How about Félix Hernández?  Despite a 13-12 record, King Felix deserves the American League Cy Young Award for his outstanding season on the mound.  He led the majors in ERA (2.27) and finished just one strikeout behind Jered Weaver’s 233 and one inning pitched shy of Halladay’s 250.2 – both of which led all big league pitchers.  The Venezuelan workhorse threw six innings or more in 32 of 34 starts, allowing three earned runs or fewer in 30 of them.  Had he played for any team other than the Mariners, whose lack of offense cost all of their pitchers, Hernández would almost certainly have won 20 games or more.

How about Danny Valencia?  Following a promotion to the big leagues in June, the Twins’ third baseman hit .311 with seven home runs and 40 RBIs in 85 games. Valencia was most productive during the month of September, hitting five homers and driving in 17 runs in 22 games.  Had he spent the entire season in the big leagues, Valencia would be a strong candidate for the AL Rookie of the Year; as is he will probably be voted third behind Neftali Feliz and Austin Jackson.  Minnesota fans, however, should be happy to have a promising young hitter who will occupy the hot corner for years to come.

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Who's on first at the Midsummer Classic? posted by David

With All-Star rosters set to be announced this weekend, I’m hoping that fans made good decisions in for whom to cast their final ballots.  While voting began not long after spring training ended, the true All-Stars have revealed themselves over the entire first half of the season.

The race that I care most about is the one for American League first basemen, where the Royals’ Billy Butler deserves serious consideration but has tough competition.  There are three first basemen who have clearly earned a spot on the AL squad: Justin Morneau, Miguel Cabrera, and Kevin Youkilis.  Mark Teixeira (.232/.345/.408), however, belongs at home.  Butler (.322 batting average, .377 On-Base Percentage, 42 Runs Batted In) should be left off the roster only if Joe Girardi chooses to carry only three first basemen AND Kansas City is represented by outfielder David Dejesus (.331 average, .398 OBP, 35 RBIs).

How ‘bout that?

How about Josh Hamilton?  After hitting just .265 in April and .294 in May and combining for nine home runs and 27 RBIs in the first two months of the season, Hamilton caught fire in June.  His numbers for the month included a .454 average, nine homers, 31 Runs Batted In, and an absurd slugging percentage of .815 – not to mention the 23-game hitting streak he carried into July.  If he continues to hit this well, Hamilton has a real chance at winning the first Triple Crown since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.

How about Adrian Beltre?  Coming off five disappointing years in Seattle, Beltre’s .349 batting average entering Friday was second in the majors only to Robinson Cano’s .353, and his 53 RBIs had him tied for seventh in the American League.  In 2009, Beltre drove in 44 runs ALL YEAR.  (He spent some time on the Disabled List but played in 111 of his team’s games.)  In roughly half a season (76 games) in 2010, he has 12 home run runs; last year he hit just eight.  Beltre’s signing is looking like the best of the offseason.

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Offerman a disgrace to the game posted by David

I generally prefer beginning my blog with news that is positive or at least neutral, but I cannot think of a more worthy story than that of former Major Leaguer Jose Offerman, who was banned from the Dominican Winter League for life after attacking an umpire earlier this month.  The incident, sadly, is not the first time Offerman has embarrassed the game of baseball.  While playing in the Atlantic Independent League in August 2007, he charged the mound – bat in hand – after being hit by a pitch, and proceeded to break one of the pitcher’s fingers.  The catcher, trying to protect his pitcher, was hit in the back of the head and received a severe concussion that ended his career.  Now, two and a half years later, Offerman is still making the game look bad.  His behavior, without question, is Bad for Ball.

How ‘bout that?

How about Grant Desme?  The 23-year-old outfielder announced his retirement from baseball last week in order to pursue the priesthood.  Desme was the second-round pick of the Athletics in the 2007 draft, and last year was the only minor leaguer – at any level – to hit 30 homers and steal 30 bases.  (He swiped 40.)  After being promoted to High-A, he hit .304/.398/.656 with 20 homers in just 227 at-bats.  He was then named MVP of the 2009 Arizona Fall League.  Desme would have had to put in more time in the minors, but his numbers certainly suggest he could have made it to the Big Leagues eventually if he didn’t feel the need to answer another calling.

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The Big Unit hangs ‘em up posted by David

Big news from the Big Unit: 46-year-old Randy Johnson announced his retirement, concluding his career with a record of 303-166, a 3.29 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.  His five Cy Young Awards – one with the Mariners and four in a row with the Diamondbacks – rank him behind only Roger Clemens, and his 4,875 career strikeouts are second only to Nolan Ryan.  He was a 10-time All-Star, starting the Midsummer Classic four times – twice for each league. Johnson made history in 2004 when he became the oldest player – at 40 – to throw a perfect game.

Johnson was a crucial member of his Diamondbacks team in the 2001 playoffs: after pitching well but losing his only start in the first round, he went 2-0 with 1.12 E.R.A. in the National League Championship Series against the Braves, including a 2-0 complete game shutout against Greg Maddux.  Then in the World Series, Johnson shut down the three-time defending champions from the Bronx with absolute dominance.  He picked up three wins, including a complete game shutout in Game 1 and back-to-back victories in Games 6 and 7, to end the Yankee Dynasty.  He surrendered only nine hits and three walks in 17.1 innings for a remarkable 0.692 WHIP to go along with a 1.04 E.R.A.  For his extraordinary performance, he was named co-MVP of the Series.  A fan attraction everywhere he went, Randy Johnson will surely be missed.

How ‘bout that?

How about Matt Holliday?  Christmas came late for the biggest name on the free agent market this offseason, as Holliday was rewarded for his huge numbers (.353/.419/.604) after his arrival in St. Louis with a very big payday – $120 million over the next seven years.  Though it was painful to watch as it happened, Holliday has been forgiven for his costly error in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Dodgers.  The slugging outfielder hopes to lead his team back to the playoffs in 2010, and with Albert Pujols, Chris Carpenter, and Adam Wainwright working together, expectations will be high once again for the Cardinals.

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Phillies take a Halladay posted by David

After the way Cliff Lee pitched against the Yankees in the World Series six weeks ago, I would have been surprised to hear that the Phillies were even listening to offers for their ace.  But when the chance to acquire Roy Halladay comes around, I suppose any team would be crazy not to listen.  Before I knew it, Halladay was a Phillie and Lee was heading to Seattle, where he’ll join his third club in the span of four and a half months.  How often does that happen to the defending Cy Young Award winner?

Mauer wins Triple Crown in my book

No major leaguer has won the Triple Crown since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967, but this year Joe Mauer did lead the American League in what should be the three Triple Crown categories: batting average (.365), on-base percentage (.444), and slugging percentage (.587).  Home runs are exciting and contribute to a higher slugging percentage, but if I were a manager, I’d much rather see my cleanup hitter go 3-4 than hit a solo shot and strike out three times trying to do it again.  Reaching 100 RBI’s in a season is a nice accomplishment, but the stat itself is overrated.  If all nine guys in the lineup are getting on base 40 percent of the time, it doesn’t matter who is driving them in; someone must be.

Granderson to patrol center in the Bronx

At the Winter Meetings in Indianapolis last week, the Yankees landed themselves a great centerfielder in Curtis Granderson.  Many of Granderson’s fans – myself included – were disappointed that he will be wearing Pinstripes next season.  Even so, I’ll keep rooting for him wherever he goes.  Of all the people I met at the World Baseball Classic, he was the happiest to be there.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Curtis Granderson is the truest friend of the game.

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Action starting to heat up in free agency, trade market posted by Joe Gunderson

Hello Everyone,

Sorry I've been absent for a few days.  There really wasn't that much to report or discuss.  However, that has changed in the last 24 or so hours as the annual Winter Meetings are underway.  First, the Twins offered pitcher Carl Pavano arbitration as I said earlier and as of last night he has accepted this offer which essentially means he will be in the Twins rotation in 2010.  To make room for Pavano on the 40 man roster, the Twins designated pitcher Boof Bonser for assignment or release which means he will either be released by the Twins and be with another club for this coming season or he will start the season in the minors. 

There's not much else currently cooking on the Twins front other than that they could possibly look to trade starter Glen Perkins now that Pavano is most assuredly back.  The reason they could do this is because one, there doesn't seem to currently be a spot for him, unless he earns it in Spring Training, and two, he is not on managements greatest side after last season when he did not come forth with the fact that he'd been pitching with an injured shoulder until he had a really rough outing.  Then, when he was ready to return, he was sent to the minors, which upset him, because it meant that he does not have enough service time to qualify for arbitration himself.  He filed a grievance against the club to try and obtain some or all of his service time back, which he did get some, but not enough to qualify for arbitration.

Also, look for the Twins to look into the market for third baseman to see if they can come up with anything.  Former Angel Chone Figgins is apparently off the market already as he has agreed to a four year contract with the Seattle Mariners, however, I'm not sure that this really affects the Twins because he was probably too expensive for the Twins likes.  However, be on the look out for names such as Adrian Beltre, Pedro Feliz or last year's starter Joe Crede, as well as prospect Danny Valencia as possibilities for the hot corner.

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Zack Greinke Beats Batters and Psychological Issues posted by Colin Linneweber

Kansas City Royals ace pitcher Zack Greinke was deservedly awarded the 2009 American League Cy Young Award Tuesday afternoon.


Greinke, 26, who received 25 first-place votes and three seconds for 134 points, went 16-8 and he posted a 2.16 ERA for the putrid Royals (65-97).


Greinke’s sterling earned run average was the lowest mark in the American League since Pedro Martinez recorded a miniscule 1.74 ERA in 2000.


The Seattle Mariners Felix Hernandez finished second in the balloting with 80 overall points.


The fact that Greinke won the most coveted pitching accolade in Major League Baseball is astounding when one considers the obstacles that the native of Orlando has had to overcome as a young adult.


Greinke, the Royals sixth overall pick in the 2002 amateur draft, led the AL in losses in 2005 when he went 5-17.


Furthermore, Greinke, who was named the Royals Minor League Pitcher of the Year and The Sporting News Minor League Player of the Year in 2003, was forced to take a personal leave of absence from “The Boys in Blue” in February 2006 because he was suffering from social anxiety disorder and depression.


“Depression kind of runs in my family,” said Greinke, who agreed to a four year contract worth $38 million with the Royals last winter. “The medicine I take is an antidepressant. At the baseball field, I was unhappy.”


Greinke made plenty of fans at Kauffman Stadium very happy this past baseball season and he should be ecstatic at what he achieved on the hill.

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Marlins lose eighth straight game, Mat Latos and Henderson Alvarez to DL (Big League Stew)

Take a look around the league with Big League Stew's daily wrap up. We'll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. The Miami Marlins weeks of turmoil and terrible baseball continued on Friday, this time with an 8-5 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. That makes eight straight losses for Miami, all of which have come on their current 10-game homestand which is set to end on Sunday. That moment probably can't come soon enough for a Marlins team that desperately needs to get out of town and regroup. The former will definitely happen. It may honestly be too late for the latter to matter if it does happen. As for Friday, it started out promising as the Marlins tallied three early runs against Ubaldo Jimenez. But hope quickly faded when Baltimore scored two in the fifth and four more in the sixth, all against Henderson Alvarez. Adding insult to injury, immediately following the game Miami placed both Alvarez and another starter, Mat Latos, on the disabled list with injuries.   #marlins place Henderson Alvarez (right shoulder inflammation) & Mat Latos (left knee inflammation) on 15-day DL — clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) May 23, 2015 Of all Miami's issues, the injuries in their rotation might be the most concerning. #Marlins DL now includes four starting pitchers ... Jose Fernandez, Henderson Alvarez, Mat Latos and Jarred Cosart. — Jason Martinez (@mlbdepthcharts) May 23, 2015 On the plus side, Miami actually outhit Baltimore 14-11, including a milestone from Ichiro Suzuki, who passed Babe Ruth on the all-time hit list. However, they were burned by seven walks and an ill-timed error in the decisive fifth inning. They'll now seek that elusive win on Saturday when they send veteran Dan Haren against O's rookie Mike Wright. KING FELIX FIRST TO SEVEN WINS In the race to seven wins, Felix Hernandez left all of his competition behind on Friday night. The Seattle Mariners right-hander pitched eight innings of one-run ball, allowing only four hits in Seattle's 4-3 triumph against the Toronto Blue Jays, to become the league's first seven-game winner. After dropping his last decision to the Boston Red Sox on May 16, a game in which he allowed two homers and a season-high four walks, Hernandez bounced back, allowing just a solo home run to Edwin Encarnacion. Hernandez is 7-1 overall, but 7-0 in games when he's pitched into the seventh inning or later. There was some anxiety in the ninth when Fernando Rodney served up a two-run homer to Chris Colabello, but he recovered to retire Kevin Pillar and Josh Donaldson. Earlier, Nelson Cruz hit his league-leading 17th homer in support of Hernandez, which proved to be the winner. Logan Morrison gave Seattle the lead with a two-run triple. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] PRINCE FIELDER, RANGERS ROUGH UP MICHAEL PINEDA With Masahiro Tanaka hurt, CC Sabathia struggling and no other real standout options available to lead their rotation, the New York Yankees were quite thrilled when Michael Pineda stepped up and started his season with an impressive string of outings. Unfortunately, in the wake of his 16-strikeout performance against the Baltimore Orioles on May 10, he's taken two steps backward. After allowing five runs on 10 hits in a loss to the Royals last weekend, Pineda was bounced around again, this time by the Texas Rangers, allowing seven runs (four earned) in six innings. All of the damage actually came in the third inning and was set up by a pair of errors. Pineda's own throwing error really set the wheels in motion, and then Didi Gregorius followed immediately with an error of his own leading to the Rangers first two runs. The big inning was capped by Prince Fielder's three-run homer and Mitch Moreland's solo shot. Fielder hit a solo homer later that proved important in the outcome. For hispart, Gregorius at least partially made up for his blunder with his own three-run homer, but the Yankees had too big a hill to climb and not enough time to climb it. DODGERS END THREE-GAME DROUGHT, LOSING STREAK After being shut out completely during their three-game series in San Francisco earlier this week, the Los Angeles Dodgers scraped together just enough offense to upend the San Diego Padres, 2-1. The run scoring drought actually extended to 35 innings before Andre Ethier doubled home Justin Turner in the fifth inning. Behind Zack Greinke, that seemed destined to hold up, but San Diego broke through themselves on a Will Venable RBI single in the seventh.  From there, it came down to one swing, Joc Pederson's mammoth solo home run in the eighth, as the Dodgers ended the accompanying three-game losing streak in dramatic fashion. The last Dodgers player to hit a home run before today was Jimmy Rollins on May 15. — J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) May 23, 2015 If you're going to wait, might as well make the next one count. Pederson's timing was perfect, and the Dodgers are on back on the winning track as they open up a six-game homestand.  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813 [read full article]

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James Paxton leads Mariners over Red Sox 5-0 (The Associated Press)

James Paxton used his fastball effectively in stretching his scoreless streak to a career-best 20 innings as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Boston Red Sox 5-0 Sunday. Paxton (2-2) allowed five hits in eight innings, struck out two and walked two, and Carson Smith pitched a perfect ninth. [read full article]

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A's lose another heartbreaker on game-ending baserunning error (Big League Stew)

Take a look around the league with Big League Stew's daily wrap up. We'll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. The only area the Oakland A's have been consistent in this season is their inability to get out of their own way. Now 37 games into the 2015 season, 13 of them have been decided one by run, and time after time in those situations they've failed to make the necessary play to put them over the top rope.  That includes Friday's 7-6 loss to the Chicago White Sox, which dropped their record in one-run games to 1-12. In fact, Friday's loss might be the one that best captures their misery. In a game they once led 6-2, starter Jesse Hahn and three A's relievers combined to surrender five runs and the lead.  In the ninth, Oakland positioned themselves to overcome that when Coco Crisp (who was previously 1-for-32) lined a double to left center. With catcher Stephen Vogt running from first, that's where it needed to be to score him. Third base coach Mike Gallego initially waved him home, but then changed his mind as Vogt approached. Unfortunately, it was a little too late.    By the time Vogt realized he needed to stop, he had already rounded the bases too aggressively. Because the White Sox executed their relay, they were able to catch Vogt and ultimately tag him out to end the game.  After the game, everybody from Gallego to Vogt to manager Bob Melvin took responsibility for their role in the total meltdown, but it doesn't change this.  The A's now own the worst record in baseball, at 13-24. After tonight's 7-6 loss to White Sox, they're 1-12 in one-run games. — Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) May 16, 2015 MIGUEL CABRERA NEARS MILESTONE AND HISTORY Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera is on the verge of doing something pretty special. In Detroit's 10-4 win against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, Cabrera hit a two-run homer off Cardinals reliever Mitch Harris, which iced the game and positioned him to make some history with his next swing.  The home run was the 399th home run of Cabrera's career. His next one will make him the 53rd member of MLB's 400 home run club, a club Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre himself joined on Friday, and it will propel Cabrera past Andre Galarraga as the all-time home run leader from Venezuela. Cabrera should be positioned well to reach that feat on Saturday afternoon. He entered play Friday batting just .158 with no homers and one RBI in 57 at-bats at night during night games this season. During day games, he's hitting .471 with eight homers and 25 RBIs. The daylight is to his liking, which doesn't bode well for Trevor Lyons or the Cardinals on Saturday. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] NELSON CRUZ DELIVERS WALK-OFF HIT FOR MARINERS If you're playing against the Seattle Mariners, the last guy you want to see batting with the game on the line is Nelson Cruz. Unfortunately for the Boston Red Sox, it was Cruz's turn to bat with the winning run on second base in the ninth inning, and he finished them off with a walkoff single to left field. What was interesting, though, was that Boston actually had an open base to work with. Even with two outs in the inning, it would have made sense to walk Cruz and take their chances with Kyle Seager. Instead, manager John Farrell and pitcher Junichi Tazawa went at him, and they paid the price. And now they regret it. Red Sox manager John Farrell on not walking Nelson Cruz: — Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) May 16, 2015 The tough 2-1 loss spoiled what was a brilliant start for Clay Buchholz. In eight innings, Buchholz allowed one run on three hits while striking out 11. The Red Sox were looking to win their third straight despite scoring only five runs during that time frame. METS LOSING STREAK REACHES FIVE For as hot as the Mets were in April, they've cooled off considerably in May. A trip to Wrigley Field earlier this week resulted in a four-game sweep at the hands of the Chicago Cubs. On Friday, the losing streak reached five after the National League's worst team, the Milwaukee Brewers, shut them out 7-0. After Thursday's loss in Chicago, manager Terry Collins challenged his players to step up. The message didn't get through based on Friday's results. The Mets only managed three hits against Kyle Lohse and Michael Blazek. On the hill, Bartolo Colon had his least effective outing of the season, allowing six runs (five earned) in five innings. Gerardo Parra and Ryan Braun did most of the damage. Parra doubled home one in the third and homered in the fifth. Braun homered off Colon in the third and added a second homer against Carlos Torres in the eighth. The Mets will turn to Jacob deGrom to be the streak-stopper on Saturday. He'll be opposed by Matt Garza. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813 [read full article]

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Cruz's RBI single in ninth leads Mariners past Red Sox 2-1 (The Associated Press)

Nelson Cruz wasn't expecting to see a pitch he could hit in the ninth inning. He did and came up with a two-out RBI single to give the Seattle Mariners a 2-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Friday night. I like to be in that spot.'' Boston manager John Farrell took full responsibility for the decision. [read full article]

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Boston rallies in the 9th for 2-1 victory over Seattle (The Associated Press)

Shane Victorino's two huge plays let the Boston Red Sox hang around long enough to piece together an unusual ninth-inning rally. Brock Holt doubled and scored the go-ahead run on Rickie Weeks' error with one out in the ninth inning, Victorino hit his first homer of the season and the Red Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 2-1 on Thursday night for their fourth win in five games. Holt, Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts pieced together three key at-bats in the ninth against Seattle closer Fernando Rodney (1-2) to take the lead. [read full article]

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