MVPs: Tigers’ Cabrera, Pirates’ McCutchen

McCutchen Wins NL MVP

NY – All those who marvel at Miguel Cabrera can only surprise what he might have performed this year if fully wholesome.

Even so, Cabrera was a huge hit in Motown.

Despite being hobbled by all kinds of ailments, the Detroit Tigers slugger gained his second straight American League Most Invaluable Player award Thursday, once again beating Angels outfielder Mike Trout by a snug margin.

A season after profitable baseball’s first Triple Crown in forty five years, Cabrera got here back to lead the majors in hitting at348 and finish second with 44 dwelling runs and 137 RBIs.

“I think this 12 months was tougher due to the accidents,” he said on a conference name from the Miami space.

“It was the last two months. It was tough to play through it,” he stated.

The eight-time All-Star missed a number of games after the break due to a foul back, a sore left hip flexor, a strained lower stomach, shin bother and a groin tear. He just lately had surgery to fix the tear and mentioned he’ll be ready for spring training.

Still, Cabrera acquired 23 of 30 first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. He turned the first participant to win consecutive AL MVPs since Frank Thomas for the Chicago White Sox in 1993 and 1994.

Pirates heart fielder Andrew McCutchen took the National League MVP award by a surprisingly large margin after leading a baseball revival in Pittsburgh.

McCutchen drew 28 of the 30 first-place votes to finish far ahead of Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina.

“I’m floating proper now,” McCutchen stated in Pittsburgh. “However I positively did not count on it to be a landslide with these other guys – Goldschmidt and Molina. They have been nice candidates, and I did not know what to anticipate.”

McCutchen ranked among the NL leaders by hitting317 with 21 dwelling runs and eighty four RBIs. He additionally scored ninety seven runs, stole 27 bases and had a404 on-base share.

The 27-12 months-previous with the long, flowing dreadlocks helped the Pirates cease a report streak of 20 losing seasons and make the playoffs for the first time since 1992.

Cabrera finished with 385 factors, while Trout received five first-place votes and 282 factors. The difference was eighty one points final season, when Trout was AL rookie of the yr.

Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis, who led the majors with 53 homers and 138 RBIs, was third.

“I think all three guys deserve this trophy,” Cabrera stated.

Davis and Oakland third baseman Josh Donaldson every acquired a first-place vote.

Cabrera took his third AL batting title in a row. He additionally drew a $1 million bonus for successful a second MVP throughout his present contract with the Tigers.

No AL player has won three straight MVPs. Albert Pujols was the last repeat NL MVP winner in 2008 and 2009; Barry Bonds took 4 straight from 2001 to ’04.

The Tigers have just about owned the foremost postseason awards during a three-yr run of success. Justin Verlander was the MVP and Cy Young winner in 2011, Cabrera took the MVP final season, and Detroit ace Max Scherzer gained this year’s Cy Younger Award on Wednesday.

“I am on the fitting group,” Cabrera mentioned.

The 30-12 months-previous third baseman from Venezuela also captured the AL MVP final year when he hit330 with 44 homers and 139 RBIs. Cabrera topped Trout 22-6 in first-place votes in that balloting.

Trout hit323 with 27 homers and ninety seven RBIs this year, stole 33 bases, and led the AL in runs and walks.

Cabrera clearly was baseball’s most dominant hitter for many of the season as the Tigers gained their third straight AL Central crown.

Voting for the BBWAA awards was completed earlier than the playoffs. Cabrera hit262 with two homers and 7 RBIs in 11 postseason video games, and made a couple of key outs in Detroit’s six-recreation loss to Boston in the AL Championship Collection.

Cabrera was in competition for a second straight Triple Crown for a lot of the 12 months, and was hitting359 with 43 homers and a hundred thirty RBIs by means of Aug. 26. However he managed only two extra-base hits in his next 25 games by way of the tip of the common season.

Cabrera mentioned he didn’t assume rest would have helped heal his injuries near the end.

Miguel Cabrera

Miguel Cabrera gained the American League Most Beneficial Player award for the second straight year.

As an alternative, he took a distinct approach: “OKAY, let’s play by means of it and see what occurs,” he stated.

Cabrera still grew to become the first proper-handed hitter to win three straight batting titles in both league since Rogers Hornsby from 1920 to ’25.

Cabrera additionally saved amazing his teammates with his prowess on the plate.

In mid-August, he homered in all three video games of a collection at Yankee Stadium, twice connecting off career saves leader Mariano Rivera.

His shot in the opener was probably the most spectacular, regardless that Detroit ultimately misplaced. After fouling two balls off his left shin, Cabrera was having hassle standing in the batter’s field when he tagged Rivera for a tying, two-run drive with two outs within the ninth inning.

Cabrera had bedeviled the Yankees before. As a 20-year-previous rookie, he helped the Marlins beat New York within the 2003 World Series.

McCutchen, third in MVP balloting final season, acquired 409 points. Goldschmidt finished second with 242, whereas Molina received the opposite two first-place votes and got here in third.

McCutchen’s win came two days after Pirates supervisor Clint Hurdle was picked because the NL manager of the year. McCutchen was the primary Pittsburgh participant to win the MVP since Bonds in 1992.

The Pirates went 94-sixty eight this year, a season after going 79-83. Along the way, McCutchen grew to become the face of the franchise and heard loud “MVP!” chants when he would step to the plate at PNC Park this summer season.

“I might mislead you if I mentioned it did not enter my thoughts ever,” he said. “It is awesome to hear one thing like that.”

Pittsburgh beat Cincinnati within the NL wild-card recreation, then lost to St. Louis in a division series that went the total five games.

Boston wound up beating St. Louis in the World Collection. No one on the Pink Sox or Cardinals won any of the key BBWAA awards.

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A’s power past Tigers for 2-1 lead in ALDS

Bad Blood Boils Over As Athletics Take Sequence Lead


DETROIT – Turns out the Oakland Athletics don’t need a superb pitching efficiency to beat Detroit.

They can outslug the Tigers, too.

Brandon Moss, Josh Reddick and Seth Smith homered for the Athletics, who chased Anibal Sanchez within the fifth inning Monday and defeated the Tigers 6-3 for a 2-1 AL Division Series lead.

Moss broke a three-all tie in the fifth with a solo shot, and Smith’s two-run drive later within the inning ended Sanchez’s day. It was an impressive offensive present after the groups split two tense, low-scoring games in Oakland.

The A’s can close out the sequence Tuesday and reach the AL Championship Collection for the primary time since 2006 – after they had been swept by the Tigers. Oakland will ship rookie Dan Straily to the mound against Detroit’s Doug Fister.

“It was exciting for Brandon to get us on the board,” Smith stated. “It was good to attain some runs and get back on high there.”

Sanchez, the American League’s ERA chief, allowed six runs – five earned – and eight hits in 4 1/three innings. Smith has homered off Sanchez greater than another player, having now done it twice within the common season and twice within the postseason.

There was exercise in the Detroit bullpen before Smith’s homer Monday, and he made the Tigers pay for sticking with the struggling Sanchez.

“Typically he begins out a little gradual, you work he’ll get it going,” Detroit supervisor Jim Leyland mentioned. “At this time he just really didn’t get it going. He made a couple of real dangerous pitches the last inning he was on the market to Moss and Smith.”

Jarrod Parker gave up three runs in five innings for Oakland, and the Tigers could not rally towards the bullpen.

Grant Balfour pitched a hitless ninth for the save – and have become involved in shouting with Victor Martinez that brought about the benches and bullpens to empty. Martinez had just hit a foul ball out of play when he and Balfour appeared to start jawing at each other.

Martinez started slowly toward the mound, and players from each teams got here working out. The state of affairs eventually calmed and no gamers were ejected.

“It’s competitors. Everyone will get going a bit bit,” Moss stated. “Balfour’s a personality on the mound. There are going to be fireworks sometimes.”

Coco Crisp had two doubles and a single for the A’s.

After a pitcher’s duel in Game 2 between Oakland’s Sonny Gray and Detroit’s Justin Verlander, the A’s had Sanchez in bother nearly immediately. They scored a run within the third and two more in the fourth, and although the Tigers finally snapped out of their offensive funk with a three-run bottom of the fourth, Sanchez couldn’t keep the ball within the park.

Moss hit a line drive over the wall in right area to make it four-three, and Smith’s excessive fly carried over the fence in left-heart.

Oakland won the AL West title and had a greater document than Detroit, however it was the AL Central-champion Tigers who entered this collection with the big names and the large payroll.

Now Detroit wants two straight wins to extend its season. A banged-up Miguel Cabrera made an error at third base that gave the A’s their first run, and Detroit’s vaunted beginning rotation lastly slipped in Sport 3.

Sanchez allowed 0.45 homers per nine innings within the common season, the bottom mark within the AL. Oakland took him deep thrice; he had not allowed a couple of in a begin beforehand this yr.

Oakland threatened in every of the first three innings but needed a break to score the sport’s first run. After Crisp’s single to start the third, Josh Donaldson walked. Jed Lowrie and Moss each struck out, and it looked like Sanchez would possibly get out of the inning when Yoenis Cespedes hit a pointy grounder to Cabrera.

The slugging third baseman could not give you the ball and could not preserve it in the infield, and the error allowed the A’s to take the lead.

Oakland made it 3-zero in the fourth. Reddick led off along with his first homer since Sept. 15, and Stephen Vogt followed with a triple and scored on Crisp’s one-out sacrifice fly.

Vogt was safe when Jhonny Peralta – who moved from shortstop to left discipline after returning final month from his drug suspension – could not make a powerful sufficient throw house.

Peralta was in the lineup for his bat, and he did give the Tigers a boost shortly after his weak throw. After going scoreless for the previous 20 innings, Detroit pushed throughout three runs within the fourth to tie it.

With men on first and third, Victor Martinez hit an RBI double down the line in right discipline. Then Peralta added a two-run single to left.

However the A’s went proper again to work against Sanchez, and thru three video games, they’ve been the better crew – on the plate, within the subject and on the mound.

Sport notes

Oakland had lost 4 straight street postseason games, together with two in Detroit last 12 months… Cabrera, who has battled issues along with his groin, hit a pointy grounder down the line in left field in the first, but he has been slowed so much that he could not even attempt to stretch the hit into a double. Cabrera has reached base in all 27 of his postseason games with the Tigers… Donaldson, Oakland’s third baseman, went sliding feet first into a short portion of the fence whereas chasing a foul ball within the fourth. He did not make the catch, however he wasn’t hurt either.

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Sewage seeps into Athletics dugout at Oakland Coliseum

(USA Immediately)

Anybody on the Coliseum yelling “You guys stink!” on the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday evening wasn’t referring to their play of late. The A’s are on their approach to another AL West title, and so they beat the Los Angeles Angels 2-1 with a walkoff single by Josh Donaldson. So it isn’t that. It’s one thing else. Perhaps.. an odor of some sort?

Oh, take a look at that, raw sewage is seeping into the house dugout from an adjacent toilet! Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. Players and other personnel not on the sector within the seventh inning have been flushed out, compelled to flee the affected parts of the bench area — whereas staff cleaned up — for various vantages from which to look at the sport. Offers a completely new meaning to the baseball phrase, “stepping within the bucket.” What a beautiful and pointless distraction in the pennant race.

It is — remarkably, in 2013 — the second time this season the A’s have needed to cope with a sewage downside. According to reporting carried out by Jose L. Ortiz of USA Immediately, this backup is not related to what happened three months earlier, when the clubhouses on either side wanted to be deserted for a day. Oh, nicely at the least there’s that.

UPDATE: Jane Lee of experiences that the issue persists Wednesday, just a short while before the A’s are to play once more:

Apparently, “a blue rag” was flushed down the bathroom, and that is what began it. It is not Mrs. O’Leary’s cow from the Chicago Fire, but it’ll do.

A day earlier, A’s gamers tried to look on the bright aspect:

“There’s no carpet down there (within the dugout), so it’s a bit bit higher, but it surely’s nonetheless pretty gross,” A’s infielder Jed Lowrie stated in evaluating the two conditions. “It is sort of repulsive, honestly.”

David Rinetti, the A’s vice president of stadium operations, stated Tuesday’s blockage was isolated to 1 toilet, which shall be unclogged with use of a “snake” earlier than Wednesday’s 12:35 p.m. series finale.

Rinetti had no phrase on the explanation for the blockage but mentioned the problem was nowhere close to on the same scale as the June fiasco.

“It would not seem to be related to that,” Rinetti mentioned. “This one wasn’t even near the other issue.”

More like the Oakland WA’sTE, am I proper? What’s the one thing that may cease them on the pennant path? Dying of dysentery. The A’s also introduced they’re rolling up the tarps in the higher deck on the Coliseum to allow them to sell extra playoff tickets, so hopefully the plumbing can take it come the ALDS.

As for the handling the current sewage disaster, the gamers took private cleanup precautions after the sport:

(USA At this time)

The A’s have been attempting to construct a new stadium somewhere, maybe one the place the clubhouses, dugouts and area aren’t thus far beneath sea level that accidents equivalent to these happen so frequently.


Nine early thoughts on the newly unveiled 2013 All-Star rosters

Yasiel Puig will have to campaign his way on to the NL roster. (USA Today) The rosters for July 16’s All-Star game at Citi Field were unveiled to the public Saturday evening on Fox, and already fans from coast-to-coast are abuzz with excitement and in some cases displeasure over the selections. You better believe we’ll be weighing in with our own thoughts over the next 10 days, and we may even throw in a challenge for the readers. For now though, here are just a few of our early thoughts on the rosters Jim Leyland and Bruce Bochy will be managing in New York.

(A more complete list of the rosters can be found here. Note: Rosters are subject to change… frequently.)

Yasiel Puig included in Final Vote: The most debated potential All-Star coming into the selection show, Yasiel Puig was not named by Bruce Bochy or voted by the National League players as one of the first 34 All-Stars. He will, however, appear on (and very likely win) the Final Vote for the National League. Why do I feel so confident about that?

He’ll be joined on the ballot by Ian Desmond (Washington Nationals), Hunter Pence (San Francisco Giants), Freddie Freeman (Atlanta Braves) and teammate Adrian Gonzalez.

Personally, I wasn’t on board with the idea of Puig being an All-Star two weeks ago. It just felt too soon to make the argument, but his play has been historic. In just 30 games, the 22-year-old outfielder has collected 50 base hits. Only Joe DiMaggio and Roy Weatherly join him in that elite company. He was also named the National League Player of the Month for June, which is the same month he debuted. That’s a remarkable accomplishment, and even if you throw the numbers aside, his aggressive style of play and boundless energy make him a much needed attraction for the game. I’m all in.

The only question now is which candidate will Jonathan Papelbon stuff the ballot box for to help Puig off the team.

(USA Today) Make room for Matt Harvey: As long as New York Mets manager Terry Collins moves Matt Harvey’s start scheduled for next Sunday, the 24-year-old right-hander will get the call to start the All-Star game in front of his home fans. National League manager Bruce Bochy has made that very clear over the past week, so it’s a done deal with Collins’ cooperation. Harvey’s selection wouldn’t be a goodwill gesture, either. Through 18 starts (7-2, 2.17 ERA) he has been the most consistently dominant starter in the NL. His introduction will be one of the many highlights of the night.

American League starting pitcher candidates: Detroit Tigers right-handed Max Scherzer is off to a historical 13-0 start, and with Jim Leyland calling the shots for the AL, he seems to be the most likely selection. That said, I think a case can also be made for Felix Hernandez because, well, he’s Felix Hernandez, and his 8-4 record with a 2.69 ERA aren’t too shabby either.

Three Orioles land in AL lineup: Chris Davis — who connected for his MLB leading 33rd home run on Saturday — not only slugged his way into an All-Star appearance, he was the leading vote-getter for American League players. Much deserved, I might add. He’ll be joined in the lineup by teammates J.J. Hardy and Adam Jones, who were also voted in by the fans. 20-year-old Manny Machado will represent the O’s off the bench.

Pirates closer Jason Grilli. (USA Today) Pirates are invading New York: Not only do the Pittsburgh Pirates possess MLB’s best record, they’re also sending four representatives to the All-Star game. Of course that list includes the face of their franchise, Andrew McCutchen. Joining him will be third baseman Pedro Alvarez and left-handed starter Jeff Locke, but the real noteworthy All-Star from Pittsburgh is 36-year-old closer Jason Grilli. After toiling in the big leagues for 11 years and making 370 appearances, he’s an All-Star for the first time. He’s converted 28 of his first 29 save chances this season.

A little relief: The American League Final Vote has an interesting twist to it: All five candidates are relievers with Joaquin Benoit (Tigers), Steve Delabar (Toronto Blues), David Robertson (New York Yankees), Tanner Scheppers (Texas Rangers) and Koji Uehara (Boston Red Sox) being the options.

Precious Cargo’s: They share a nickname, and now Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies and Carlos Gomez of the Milwaukee Brewers may be sharing an outfield on July 16. For Gonzalez, it’s a much deserved second consecutive All-Star selection and start for the National League. Of course an argument can be made that he should be on his third or fourth All-Star game after putting up stellar numbers in each of his first four full seasons, but at least he‘s getting the respect now. As for Gomez, he’ll be making his first All-Star appearance after hitting319 with 13 homers and 41 RBI through Milwaukee’s first 80 games. He also leads baseball with three home run saving catches because yes, defense does matter.

Notable omissions: As always, the list of snubs will end up longer than the list of actual All-Stars, but that doesn’t mean the designation isn’t warranted in many cases. For example, in the American League a strong case could be made for third basemen Evan Longoria and Josh Donaldson of the Oakland A’s. Donaldson’s903 OPS ranks fourth among all third baseman and 11th in baseball. His omission means Bartolo Colon will be the A’s only representative. That, in and of itself, is a remarkable story.

Over in the NL, the two names that stand out immediately are Stephen Strasburg and Freddie Freeman. If you could, please ignore Strasburg’s 4-6 record. He’s deserved a better fate as his 2.24 ERA would indicate. As for Freeman, the NL is obviously stacked at the first base position with Joey Votto, Paul Goldschmidt and Allen Craig getting the nod ahead of him, but his853 OPS suggests he would be a very deserving selection.

(USA Today) One for the road: No surprise here. Mariano Rivera was named to AL All-Star team and will appear in his 13th and final All-Star game at Citi Field. It’s a very fitting end to his Hall of Fame career spent entirely in New York, but the question now becomes will Rivera be given the opportunity to pitch the ninth inning (if there is one for the NL). At one point there was some debate over whether or not Rivera should start the game for the American League just to ensure he takes the hill and gets a proper sendoff. Perhaps we’ll hear that debate heat up again over the next ten days


Shuffle Up: Miggy Cabrera and everybody else

The best hitter in the world (USAT)

Here’s the price-only part of the corner shuffle, what your weekend depends on. Please use responsibly.

Sometime late tonight (or perhaps Saturday) I’ll add comments and the courtesy injury ranks. And what’s below, to be honest, is still tentative. I’m still letting the prices settle.

All the corner-eligible Yahooligan bats are here, save for the catchers (who we wouldn’t use at catcher anyway). Injured ranks will come later. See anyone who’s missing? Let me know.

What’s happened to this point is an audition. What you see on this post is what I think they’ll be worth, more or less, the rest of the year. Don’t worry about the prices in a vacuum – what matters is how the players relate to one another.

You should know the rest of the preamble. Assume a 5×5 scoring system, of course. Make the jump, have a look around.

$33 Miguel Cabrera
$30 Paul Goldschmidt
$28 Prince Fielder
$28 Joey Votto
$28 David Wright
$28 Chris Davis
$26 Adrian Beltre
$25 Edwin Encarnacion
$24 Evan Longoria
$22 Albert Pujols
$22 Allen Craig
$20 Ryan Zimmerman
$20 Mark Trumbo
$20 Freddie Freeman
$20 Manny Machado
$19 Adrian Gonzalez
$19 Matt Carpenter
$19 Michael Cuddyer
$18 David Ortiz
$17 Anthony Rizzo
$16 Pablo Sandoval
$16 Hanley Ramirez
$16 Billy Butler
$16 Pedro Alvarez
$15 Chase Headley
$14 Adam Lind
$13 Aramis Ramirez
$13 Martin Prado
$13 Josh Donaldson
$12 Ryan Howard
$12 Kyle Seager
$11 Mark Reynolds
$11 Adam Dunn
$11 Adam LaRoche
$11 Eric Hosmer
$11 Kendrys Morales
$10 Marco Scutaro
$10 Todd Frazier
$10 Nick Swisher
$9 David Freese
$9 Daniel Murphy
$9 Michael Young
$9 Justin Morneau
$8 Mitch Moreland
$7 Brandon Moss
$6 Anthony Rendon
$6 Brandon Belt
$6 Kyle Blanks
$6 Garrett Jones
$6 Chris Carter
$5 DJ LeMahieu
$5 Paul Konerko
$5 Kelly Johnson
$5 Trevor Plouffe
$4 James Loney
$4 Lance Berkman
$4 Chris Johnson
$4 Nolan Arenado
$3 Mike Aviles
$2 Jayson Nix
$2 Logan Morrison
$2 Juan Francisco
$2 Matt Adams
$2 Mike Moustakas
$2 Jose Iglesias
$2 John Mayberry
$2 Dustin Ackley
$2 Matt Dominguez
$2 Luis Valbuena
$1 Daniel Descalso
$1 Maicer Izturis
$1 Pedro Ciriaco
$1 Alberto Callaspo
$1 Nick Punto
$1 Justin Smoak
$1 Lyle Overbay
$1 Mike Carp
$1 Luke Scott


Better than a walk-off: Rangers stop A’s rally on dramatic ninth-inning relay to home plate

Very often, we highlight walk-offs — the game-winning homer or the well-placed single that brings home a go-ahead run. What happened in Thursday’s Texas Rangers-Oakland Athletics game was the anti-walk-off. And, in fact, it was far more exciting.

The Rangers led 4-3 with two outs in the top of the ninth. Josh Donaldson stood on first for the A’s, and darted away when closer Joe Nathan released a 3-2 pitch. Oakland’s Seth Smith singled into centerfield, which would easily move the tying run to third base. But, wait — Texas’ Craig Gentry misplayed the ball and Donaldson sensed opportunity. He decided he was going home, even though third-base coach Mike Gallegos signaled for him to stop.

For a moment, it looked Gentry’s miscue was going to blow the lead for the Rangers, but a perfect relay, through Elvis Andrus, to catcher A.J. Pierzynski beat Donaldson to the plate by a split second. The throw had to be perfect and Pierzynski’s tag had to be right on — both were. Donaldson was out and the Rangers won.

(Getty Images) It was a great play just for the range of emotions it elicited. For Donaldson, the postgame emotion was frustration.

”As soon as I saw it hit his chest, I was gone,” Donaldson said. ”It took a perfect throw to get me. It sucks to lose a game that way, but you take that chance. It was frustrating because it was the worst outcome we could have had.”

So yeah, this wasn’t a walk-off. It wasn’t one of those games that ended with a slow trot around the bases. It was better.

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