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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

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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?

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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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Blue Jays call up pitching prospect Aaron Sanchez

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In the wake of last night’s blowout loss to the Red Sox the Blue Jays have decided to call up 22-year-old pitching prospect Aaron Sanchez from the minors.

Sanchez’s numbers this season haven’t been particularly impressive, including an underwhelming 4.19 ERA and 27/17 K/BB ratio in 34 innings at Triple-A, but he was a first-round draft pick in 2010 and ranked as a consensus top-50 prospect coming into this season.

Sanchez has very good raw stuff, but has always struggled with his control and has walked 4.8 batters per nine innings for his pro career. That includes 5.5 walks per nine innings at Double-A and 4.5 walks per nine innings at Triple-A.

It’s hard to imagine control that poor playing particularly well versus big-league hitters, but Sanchez has been shifted to the bullpen in part to limit his workload at age 22 and in part because the Blue Jays think…

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On the 10th anniversary of his MLB debut, let’s appreciate David Wright

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Today is the 10th anniversary of David Wright’s big-league debut with the Mets, which came on July 21, 2004.

Wright is having a poor season, at least for his lofty standards, but he’s been a helluva player since basically Day 1 and my perception is that he’s one of the most underrated stars in baseball because so much of the focus on his performance is based on the Mets struggling to emerge as contenders for most of his career.

Yet in the middle of his age-31 season he’s already made seven All-Star teams, won a pair of Gold Glove awards, finished among the top-10 vote-getters in MVP balloting four times, and hit an even .300 with an .879 OPS, 230 homers, 187 stolen bases, and 1,660 hits.

To put all of that into some context, here’s how Wright ranks among the all-time leaders in Wins Above Replacement by third basemen…

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