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Video: Huge brawl breaks out at Triple-A Albuquerque

Originally posted on HardballTalk:

The Dodgers and Diamondbacks got into a few scuffles last season, and now their Triple-A affiliates are taking the feistiness to another level. Check out this brawl from Saturday evening in Albuquerque …

And here’s some bonus footage from the screen behind home plate, where things got really nasty …

This all stemmed from Dodgers infield prospect Erisbel Arruebarrena pimping a home run on Friday night with a 35-second trip around the bases. Aces starting pitcher Mike Bolsinger threw a ball high-and-tight to Arruebarrena on Saturday before striking him out. After the strikeout, Arruebarrena shoved catcher Blake Lalli.

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Little Warrior: Jose Altuve

Originally posted on OutsidePitchMLB LLC:

If you were to ask me to give one good comment about the Astros over the last 3-4 seasons, I’d say this ‘at least we have Altuve.’

Jose Altuve was drafted by the Astros back in 2008 and made his first start for the team in 2011. He quickly became a fan favorite not just for his consistent play but also the fact he’s the smallest player in the MLB standing at 5’5”. Altuve is currently having his best season of his short career.

Stat line:

BB% K% AVG OBP SLG OPS BABIP wSB wOBA wRC+
2014 5.1% 8.7% .338 .374 .441 .815 .364 6.2 .359 129
2013 4.8% 12.6% .283 .316 .363 .678 .316 1.4 .297 85
Career 5.0% 11.4% .297 .335 .391 .726 .328 9.1 .319 100

Right off the bat we can see that Altuve isn’t a walker with a meager five percent career BB% and this…

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Giants acquire Jake Peavy from Red Sox

Originally posted on HardballTalk:

UPDATE: The deal is now official. Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that the Red Sox will pick up just over half of the roughly $5 million remaining on Peavy’s contract for this season. That explains why they got something of quality in return.

As for Peavy, he will make his Giants debut tomorrow night against the Dodgers.

12:01 p.m. ET: ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the Red Sox will receive prospect pitchers Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree in return. Both are pretty legit prospects, but it helps that the Red Sox are apparently sending some money to the Giants in the deal.

Escobar, a 22-year-old left-hander, was No. 56 on Baseball America‘s preseason list and has posted a 5.11 ERA and 96/37 K/BB ratio over 111 innings this season with Triple-A Fresno. Hembree, a 25-year-old right-hander is a relief pitcher with a big arm. He made nine appearances with…

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L.J. Hoes hit a homer for his mom last night

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L.J. Hoes hit a homer and made a nice diving catch in last night’s Astros win over the A’s. Even better: he did it for his mom. Here’s Hoes after the game:

“It’s a really good feeling. Especially cause it was my mom’s birthday and that was the last thing she told me to do, was like, ‘Hit a homer for me.’ To be able to do that for her, it was a special thing.”

Now Mrs. Hoes, let’s mess with L.J.’s emotions: ask him to hit two doubles and reach on a catcher’s interference. Challenge your son to show you just how much he loves you.

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Yu Darvish thinks major league teams should go with a six-man rotation

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The New York Times reports on Yu  Darvish’s comments to the Japanese media last week about arm injuries and stuff. Upshot: he’s all for a six-man rotation:

. . . Darvish said he believed that a shift to a six-man rotation by major league teams could significantly reduce the stress on all those elbow ligaments by giving pitchers a critical extra day to rest and limiting their starts . . . Speaking to Japanese reporters in Minneapolis last week, he said, “If you really want to protect players, we should add one more spot to the starting rotation.”

He got some backup from teammate Colby Lewis who spent two years in Japan and was used to the once-a-week pitching schedule (Japanese teams play six days a week and have six-man rotations).

Eh. Could it reduce pitcher injuries? It’s possible. There is some, albeit no definitive evidence that elbow injuries are…

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Yankees acquire Chase Headley from Padres

Originally posted on HardballTalk:

After more than a year of frequent trade rumors the Padres have finally dealt Chase Headley, as Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that they’re sending the 30-year-old impending free agent third baseman to the Yankees.

Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News says the Padres will receive infielder Yangervis Solarte and right-hander Rafael De Paula in exchange for Headley. Solarte was signed as a minor-league free agent and De Paula is a 23-year-old Single-A pitcher who’s not considered a top prospect (although he does have a big strikeout rate).

Two seasons ago Headley smacked 31 homers, led the league in RBIs, and finished fifth in the MVP balloting, but his production plummeted last season and this year he’s been mostly injured and ineffective while hitting ..229 with seven homers and a .651 OPS in 77 games. However, he’s shown some signs of life this month and given the minimal…

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The guy with the curly-W beard is . . . awesome?

Originally posted on HardballTalk:

I’ve mocked “Nattitude” a lot, not because being into the Nationals is bad, but because (a) it was originally thought up by the marketing people as a reaction to Phillies fans and you NEVER let what other teams and their fans do define who you are; and (b) well, I like to make fun of my favorite team’s division rivals as do we all.

But real small-n nattitude — or ‘tude for whatever team you root for — can be pretty cool. And this is pretty cool:

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I can’t say it’s the easiest thing to look at. And if I ever did something like that I’d hope my friends would stage an intervention for me, but you can’t question this dude’s commitment.

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