Kendrys Morales headed back to Seattle

 

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Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

First baseman and DH Kendrys Morales got what he didn’t want this time around. He could have stayed with the Seattle Mariners after last season. He elected instead to test the free agency market. That didn’t work out all that well as he wasn’t signed by the Minnesota Twins until after the June 5 MLB Draft.

At the time the Twins were hovering around .500 and were

hoping the added presence of Morales’ bat would help them get into the playoff race. That hasn’t really worked out and Morales was moved to the trading block.

Funnily enough, at least to me, Morales was traded Thursday afternoon back to the Seattle Mariners. A team he rejected multiple times even, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, to the tune of three-years and $30 million.

This time as pointed out by Rosenthal, Morales had no choice in the matter. In return for Morales the Twins received RHP Stephen Pryor.

In 39 games with Minnesota this season Morales is hitting just .234 with one home run and 18 RBI. Pryor has spent the majority of the season at Triple-A Tacoma since returning from injury and hasn’t been the pitcher he was before. His velocity has dropped into the low 90′s and his ERA with Tacoma is 4.65 on the year. It’s an interesting trade, I guess and it kind of came out of nowhere but the Mariners wanted Morales back badly and now they have him, whether he wants to be there or not.

A’s designate Jim Johnson for assignment

 

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Well, I feel for the guy, I really do. I’m sure he’s a nice person and I wish him all the best but the day has finally come A’s fans … the era of Jim Johnson costing us leads and games is OVER! You can all breathe that sigh of relief I know we have all been wanting to breathe since the first week of the season – crap, almost since opening day!! And they called up Scribner which is great! I love Scribner. He’s 4-1 with a 3.35 ERA with the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats this season. – Anyways, here is part of my article for Call to the Pen on the subject (you can follow the link at the bottom to read the rest!):

After a horrendous season thus far, Oakland reliever Jim Johnson came into Wednesday nights game  in the eighth inning with a 9-2 lead over the Houston Astros. He left having given four runs (three earned) on four hits without getting a single batter out. That’s just how Johnson’s season has been going. The A’s, one of the favorites for the World Series, designated Johnson for assignment on Thursday morning according to MLB.com’s Jane Lee.

To read more on this story on Fansided’s Call to the Pen click the link below:

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Francoeur gets the call-up from Padres!

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Mark Lambienel/El Paso Times

Ok, I KNOW A’s fan will appreciate this which is why it belongs on my blog …. BACON!!! Yeah! Am I right? I know that there is no way we will play the San Diego Padres this season but our old pal “Frenchy” got called-up today!

Maybe we should have a #BaconDay in his honor? I don’t know!? That would be hella fun and I KNOW we all love Bacon but I also know that for a lot of A’s fans Bacon Day is a lot of work … it would be kinda cool and I am sure we could get word to him and he would greatly appreciate our continued support!

I saw this tweet from Jerry Crasnick and I could not resist reposting it here because well – it’s so true!! No one loves or has more fun playing the game more than our boy Frenchy! What a class act and good guy – I knew ya’ll would like this,

Oh I will save the snide comments, Jerry. Francoeur is the nicest player I have ever seen the way he embraced the A’s fans in right field. The fun Frenchy has provided for A’s fans is talked about on this video. But I will also explain for anyone that doesn’t know. 

The crazy kids out in right field often talk to the other teams right fielders – they have made friends with players besides Francoeur – a big name includes Torii Hunter – Anyways, they started talking to Francoeur about Bacon one day and three annual #BaconDay celebrations came out of it.

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Rob Tringali/Getty Images

What started in the right field bleachers took over the stadium by the third annual Bacon Day with the organization putting “bacon facts” and “bacon trivia” up on the big screen and Francoeur came and tailgated with the fans and their many, many different types of bacon containing treats! 

But most of you reading this story already know all that, being that you are A’s fans! So here’s a little more about Frenchy’s call-up but I thought I would share the good news with you!!! 

He’s going to primarily used in the outfield and not as a pitcher even though he did well for the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas pitching … also his Triple-A teammates pranked him before he left for the big league club which you can read about it and see the video here.

Good Luck Frenchy – you’re a great guy!! And remember the A’s fans love you and always have your back!

 

ICYMI: Around MLB with Oakland A’s Socks Girl: July 22, 2014

MLB News, Videos, Fantasy, Injury Updates and More: May 7, 2014Welcome to another edition of ICYMI: Around MLB with Oakland A’s Socks Girl! Find all the latest MLB updates, analysis and opinions from FanSided’s Call to the Pen and my blog! If there’s something you want to see so that Bullpen, Baseball & Sock Talk will be your first stop for all the latest news around the league please let me know! Leave a comment! Email me: jenrainwater@bbstmlb.com or hit me up on Twitter @OakAsSocksGrl! I would love to hear your suggestions and feedback! That’s my goal to get you guys coming back for more! Thanks for reading! xx ~ Jen

Bullpen, Baseball & Sock Talk highlights:

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Scores:

July 21, 2014

  • Astros 3 @ Athletics 2 in 12
  • Giants 9 @ Phillies 6
  • Rangers 1 @ Yankees 2 in 14
  • Dodgers 7 @ Pirates 12
  • Red Sox 3 @ Blue Jays 7
  • Marlins 6 @ Braves 5
  • Royals 7 @ Red Sox 1
  • Padres 0 @ Cubs 6
  • Indians 8 @ Twins 2
  • Reds 3 @ Brewers 4
  • Orioles 4 @ Angels 2
  • Rays 7 @ Cardinals 2
  • Mets 3 @ Mariners 1
  • Nationals 7 @ Rockies 4
  • Tigers 4 @ DBacks 5

**Remember you can find me on Twitter @OakAsSocksGrl**

Headley heads to New York, then walks off

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Chase Headley was traded by the San Diego Padres to the New York Yankees Tuesday. He flew to New York immediately and was in the lineup by Tuesday night. Then he walked-off, literally.

Headley was the hero for the Yankees in his very first game. As the clock struck midnight, just four and a half hours after donning his new Yankee pinstripes for the first time Headley, with one stroke of the bat, hit a game-winning walk-off single in the 14th inning to help the Yankees defeat the Texas Rangers by a score of 2-1. 

“A little chaotic. Awesome, though,”  said Headley, “Mixed emotions, but I couldn’t be happier.”

Coming from a team and a city from which he had many fond  memories and attachments to putting on the legendary pinstripes for the first time Headley was bound to have some mixed emotions. One thing cannot be denied, it was quite the way to make a first impression.

derek-jeter-getty1*Also to be noted in this game a living Yankee legend, shortstop Derek Jeter, surpassed a fallen legend’s franchise record. With a double in the bottom of the ninth Jeter broke Lou Gehrig’s all-time Yankees’ franchise record for doubles.*

Breaking News: Tulo placed on the 15-day DL

 

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Colorado Rockies’ star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, retroactive to July 20, with a left hip flexor strain. He was pulled out of Sunday’s game early after running out a ground ball.

Tulo, 29, leads the Majors in batting average (.340), on-base percentage (.432) and OPS, aka on-base plus slugging percentage (1.035). He is also tied with two other players for the most hits in the Majors this season. Beyond that Tulowitzki has 18 doubles, 1 triple, 21 home runs, 52 RBI and 71 runs in 91 games for the Rockies this season. A four-time All-Star, Tulo was also the captain of the National League Home Run Derby team this year. 

He was drafted 7th overall in the 2005 MLB Draft by the Rockies and has amazing career numbers. In his career Tulo  has played 961 Major League games hitting .299 (1068-for-3574) with 205 doubles, 24 triples, 176 home runs, 604 RBI and 614 runs. Losing him will be a blow to the Rockies both offensively and defensively. It will also put a dent into Tulowitzki’s MVP chances. 

The Rockies called up lefty starter Yohan Flande from Triple-A Colorado Springs. Flande is scheduled to start tonight’s game against the Nationals for the Rockies at Coors Field. 

Flande, 28, is up with the big league club for the second time this season. He made three starts for the Rockies going 0-2 with 7.36 ERA.

Unfortunately the Rockies are also without Justin Morneau, a member of  Tulowitzki’s Home Run Derby Team this year, who was put on the 15-day disabled list with a neck strain, as well as, Michael Cuddyer who recently injured his shoulder.

 

ICYMI: Around MLB with Oakland A’s Socks Girl: July 21, 2014

MLB News, Videos, Fantasy, Injury Updates and More: May 7, 2014Welcome to another edition of ICYMI: Around MLB with Oakland A’s Socks Girl! Find all the latest MLB updates, analysis and opinions from FanSided’s Call to the Pen and my blog! If there’s something you want to see so that Bullpen, Baseball & Sock Talk will be your first stop for all the latest news around the league please let me know! Leave a comment! Email me: jenrainwater@bbstmlb.com or hit me up on Twitter @OakAsSocksGrl! I would love to hear your suggestions and feedback! That’s my goal to get you guys coming back for more! Thanks for reading! xx ~ Jen

Bullpen, Baseball & Sock Talk :

New on Call to the Pen:

Scores:

July 21, 2014

  • Rangers 4 @ Yankees 2
  • Giants 7 @ Phillies 4
  • Dodgers 5 @ Pirates 2
  • Red Sox 14 @ Blue Jays 1
  • Royals 1 @ White Sox 3
  • Marlins 3 @ Braves 1 in 10
  • Indians 3 @ Twins 4
  • Reds 2 @ Brewers 5
  • Orioles 4 @ Angels 2
  • Nationals 7 @ Rockies 2
  • Mets 2 @ Mariners 5
  • Tigers 4 @ DBacks 3

**Remember you can find me on Twitter @OakAsSocksGrl**

ICYMI: Around MLB with Oakland A’s Socks Girl: July 18-20, 2014

MLB News, Videos, Fantasy, Injury Updates and More: May 7, 2014Welcome to another edition of ICYMI: Around MLB with Oakland A’s Socks Girl! Find all the latest MLB updates, analysis and opinions from FanSided’s Call to the Pen and my blog! If there’s something you want to see so that Bullpen, Baseball & Sock Talk will be your first stop for all the latest news around the league please let me know! Leave a comment! Email me: jenrainwater@bbstmlb.com or hit me up on Twitter @OakAsSocksGrl! I would love to hear your suggestions and feedback! That’s my goal to get you guys coming back for more! Thanks for reading! xx ~ Jen

Bullpen, Baseball & Sock Talk :

New on Call to the Pen:

Scores:

July 18, 2014

  • Orioles 4 @ Athletics 5
  • Brewers 4 @ Nationals 2
  • Red 3 @ Yankees 4
  • Rockies 2 @ Pirates 4
  • Rangers 5 @ Blue Jays 1
  • Giants 9 @ Marlins 1
  • Phillies 4 @ Braves 6
  • Indians 9 @ Tigers 3
  • Royals 4 @ Red Sox 5
  • Dodgers 2 @ Cardinals 3
  • Astros 2 @ White Sox 3
  • Cubs 4 @ DBacks 5
  • Rays 6 @ Twins 2
  • Mets 5 @ Padres 4
  • Mariners 2 @ Angels 3 in 16

July 19, 2014

  • Orioles 8 @ Athletics 4
  • Dodgers 2 @ Cardinals 4
  • Reds 1 @ Yankees 7
  • Brewers 3 @ Nationals 8
  • Rangers 1 @ Blue Jays 4
  • Rockies 2 @ Pirates 3
  • Indians 6 @ Tigers 2
  • Giants 5 @ Marlins 3
  • Royals 1 @ Red Sox 2
  • Cubs 3 @ DBacks 9
  • Astros 3 @ White Sox 4
  • Mets 0 @ Padres 6
  • Rays 5 @ Twins 1
  • Phillies 2 @ Braves 1
  • Mariners 3 @ Angels 2 in 12

July 20, 2014

  • Orioles 2 @ Athlerics 10
  • Giants 2 @ Marlins 3
  • Reds 2 @ Yankees 3
  • Phillies 2 @ Braves 8
  • Rangers 6 @ Blue Jays 9
  • Brewers 4 @ Nationals 5
  • Indians 5 @ Tigers 1
  • Rockies 3 @ Pirates 5
  • Royals 0 @ Red Sox 6
  • Mets 1 @ Padres 2
  • Astros 11 @ White Sox 7
  • Cubs 2 @ Dbacks 3
  • Rays 5 @ Twins 3
  • Dodgers 4 @ Cardinals 3
  • Mariners 5 @ Angels 6

**Remember you can find me on Twitter @OakAsSocksGrl**

Kershaw’s streak ends, Dodgers still get the win

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Clayton Kershaw’s eight game winning streak, a streak that included another streak of 41 scoreless innings, ended yesterday as the reigning Cy Young Award winner failed to get his 12th win against the St. Louis Cardinals. His Los Angeles Dodger’s teammates, however, rallied to get the Dodgers the victory at Busch Stadium.

Kershaw’s scoreless inning streak was ended on July 10 in a game where he fanned 11 batters and gave up just three hits. Those three hits were enough for the San Diego Padres to plate one and end his scoreless inning streak at 41 innings. Still he came into Sunday’s game looking to get his ninth consecutive win and his 12th win.

It was not to be, but nobody, not even Clayton Kershaw is perfect all the time. Kershaw allowed three runs in seven innings. The Cardinals scored in the second and sixth innings on a double to right by Allen Craig that scored Jhonny Peralta and a home run Peter Bourjos scoring Matt Carpenter.

The Dodgers scored once in the second and twice in the third so the game was tied going into the 9th inning until Hanley Ramierz was struck in the hand by Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal. Rosenthal then gave up the game winning single to Adrian Gonzalez. The Dodgers won the game 4-3 over the Redbirds.

J.P. Howell who came in in relief of Kershaw got the win and Rosenthal got the loss so Kershaw took home a no-decision but apparently a ND counts as the end to a winning streak. Kenley Jansen got the save for L.A.

A’s fans out in force after Machado!

Well, he may have gotten some, well, key hits but it was the A’s who emerged victorious on Josh Donaldson’s three-run walk-off !!! One does have to wonder if he ran into the club house crying?! Bet his teammates would never tell because of all the “support” the organization has for him …. I’d be embarrassed if  I were on the Orioles – that kind of behavior will stick with you! As evidenced by the outpouring of love from A’s fans last night!! Here’s a little picture blog just so you get the idea! Enjoy!

 

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